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Catholic iPhone app helps you confess your homosexual sins on the go

PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer February 10, 2011
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A Catholic iPhone app has been designed – that allows users to confess to sins without needing to see a priest.

The app, Confession, is intended to allow busy Catholics to get things off their conscience – featuring a detailed “examination” as well as custom-generated Penance and prayers.

It works with iPhones and includes password-protected profiles – with the app helpfully asking users: “Have I been guilty of any homosexual activity?”

Catholic iPhone app helps you confess your homosexual sins on the go

However, it has not found favour with Apple or the Catholic church – despite being created in collaboration with Revrend Thomas G Weinandy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Reverend Dan Scheidt of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said: “It is essential to understand that the rites of penance require a personal dialogue between penitents and their confessor… It cannot be replaced by a computer application.

“I must stress to avoid all ambiguity, under no circumstance is it possible to ‘confess by iPhone’.”

Meanwhile, the app also faces a hurdle with Apple – with the company’s Terms of Service banning actively anti-gay apps.

The company previously pulled an app which rails against gay marriage and LGBT rights.

The app, created by a Christian group, disappeared from the online store after media attention, first reported on PinkNews.co.uk.

It was based on the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto released in 2009 by Christian and Catholic leaders which rails against the “erosion” of marriage.

 

 

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