The following comes from a Mar. 17 posting on Patheos.com.
It was bound to happen.
As apps proliferate for all kinds of purposes, it was probably just a matter of time before one was invented to probe the recesses of conscience for sin. With version 1.0 appearing in 2011, “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” was released several months ago in its 2.0 version. 2.0 not only fixed past bugs and added new languages, but it also confronts the penitent with “MANY new sins in every examination.” (I’ll pass on the obvious joke that one might, then, consider sticking with 1.0).
The app is not a substitution for private confession to a priest, but rather an aide in the process. The developer, littleiapps, located in South Bend Indiana, describes the $1.99 app as follows:
Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent. With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance. Individuals who have been away from the sacrament for some time will find Confession: A Roman Catholic App to be a useful and inviting tool.
The text for the app was developed with the assistance of Thomas G. Weinandy, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Daniel Scheidt, priest of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, Indiana. The app has even received the official “nihil obstat” and “imprimatur” from the relevant Catholic authorities, making it the first known imprimatur ever given for an iPhone/iPad app. (Nihil obstat and imprimatur [roughly: “nothing stands in the way” and “allow it to be printed”] are the traditional Latin designations given by the Church to books free from doctrinal error.)
To read the entire posting, click here.
The scantily clad cartoon woman in your advertising of “Kings and Legends” is offensive and not in keeping with the Catholic Faith.
It is one of the PRECEPTS (laws) of the Catholic Church that Catholics (under obligation of mortal sin) go to Confession at least once a year.
(See the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition” #2041 – 2043 for the Precepts.)
Aids to a good confession are helpful. There are more on the internet. Using more than one as a memory jogger can be more complete.
Here are just a few.
I always understood that lists and notes were not to be brought into the confessional. I could understand using this to prepare, but using it during the Sacrament seems wrong.
Maria, there is no such prohibition about lists in Confession.
However, one must be careful that if your list is found by others that it can not be traced back to you – for your own privacy. – This is the only downside – someone else finding it and luinking it to you.
I was away from the Church for more than 25 years. I used several different examination of conscience lists, and then prepared one for myself from these lists that applied only to me.
I used my own typed list in Confession – that took me about 3 hours to compile.
As soon as I got home, my list got shredded.
If it helps people make a better and more complete confession, what’s the problem?
at my former parish in dc we wrote our sins down on paper, requested ou own penance the priest would read the notes then would grant absolution and the paper was then burned, i thought it was nice thing to do. i am 75 and have been going to confession before most readers were even born my first was in 1945 i was seven and told the priest i forgot to say my morning prayers