Confession: A Roman Catholic App
I am not a Catholic and I don't own any i-device (iPad, iPhone iTouch, not even an iPod) but ,my corner of the online world, including the mainstream media is abuzz about "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" so I must cover it. Here is the timeline how I learned about it:
- February 4 - Greenflame's blog entry pointed to the "Forgive me i-Father" piece at stuff.co.nz of the same day. That quotes one of the people behind the app ("his team had wanted to engage Catholics with new media in response to the Pope's World Communications Address last year, in which he spoke of its potential benefits") and his bishop ("Bishop Kevin Rhoades went as far as to grant it an imprimatur - official endorsement from a church authority.")
- February 7 - David Sheppard's (great name for this) report on the app for Reuters under the heading "Bless me iPhone for I have sinned" gave a little more background information ("The app was developed with the help of Reverend Thomas Weinandy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Reverend Dan Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, Indiana.")
- February 8 - News about the app showed up on a CNN blog as 'Catholics can confess on the go with new app."
- February 9 - Longer version on CNN proper under "New app helps Catholics confess on the go" and an analysis of it at GetReligion.org as "Time for confession at Times of London". Maureen Dowd also covered the app for the New York Times under the title "Forgive Me, Father, for I Have Linked".
Today, February 10 - CNN reports that "Vatican warns about iPhone Confession app". E.g.
"It is essential to understand well the sacrament of penitence requires the personal dialogue between the penitent and the confessor and the absolution by the confessor," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters on Wednesday. "This cannot in any way be replaced by a technology application."
I am quite confident that the app's calvary is not finished yet.