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02/09/2011

Vatican decries 'confession app'

Have a confession to make? While there may be an app to let you do that, the Roman Catholic Church's head honchos in the Vatican say a digital confession is no substitution for the real thing.

Reports first emerged earlier this week that there'd be an app for the iPhone and iPad that would let Catholics confess to their mobile devices. The app is called 'Confession: A Roman Catholic App.'

But is it enough for a proper confession? The app says it "invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance."

The U.S. Catholic Church even reportedly sanctioned the app.

Despite its ability to help people prepare for the sacrament (and examine their conscience), one priest isn't giving it his blessing.

"One cannot speak in any way of confessing via iPhone," Father Federico Lombardi told Reuters.

The screenshots, admittedly, do suggest what people should say to the priest. There's also a feature that lets people use check boxes to prepare for their confession and a feature that gives suggested prayers.

Fortunately, there's no feature to share your confessions on social networks. 

Ultimately, the Vatican says nothing can compare to a real face-to-face confession with a priest and their prescribed penance. But maybe it will help people who feel disconnected get closer to their faith.

What do you think about using an app for confession? Would an app help bring you closer to your religion? 

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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