Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Vatican Blasts the Idea of "Confessing" by iPhone; Says Rites of Penance Require Personal Dialogue

The Religion Review website reports that the Vatican put its foot down today (February 9, 2011) over the idea of "confessing" by iPhone, after news that United States users can now download an application for the Apple gadget that helps the faithful gain absolution.

"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," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told journalists.

"I must stress to avoid all ambiguity, under no circumstances is it possible to 'confess by iPhone,'" he said.

"Confession: A Roman Catholic App," is the first program for the Apple devices created by a South Bend, Indiana-based company called "Little iApps" and sells for 1.99 dollars (1.45 euros) on iTunes.

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