∞ Catholic Church sanctions iPhone, iPad app

The iPhone and iPad can be used for any number of things, now including for the Roman Catholic confession.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]”Confession: A Roman Catholic App” was recently released by Little i Apps and was designed to be used in the confessional, according to the company.

“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,” reads the app’s description. “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 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, according to a story on Reuters.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades, of the Diocese of Fort Wayne in Indiana, officially authorized the app.

The company warns that Catholics still must go to a priest for absolution.

The app is available for the iPhone and iPad and costs $1.99.