Need to make a confession? There's an App for that!

February 10, 2011

February 10, 2011

Time for the 4th installment in the series - Religion & Pop Culture Alert!  It behooves us to pause and reflect whenever an especially compelling convergence of religion and popular culture transpires.


In the past we've explored the phenomenon of an American Fundamentalist Muslim warning the creators of "South Park" to not use images or depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.  We witnessed the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP) parody Kanye West's hit "Gold Digger," in an effort to encourages young Jews to mark Rosh Hashana.  Most recently we sang along with the Jewish a capella group, The Maccabeats, as they spoofed Taio Cruz's smash "Dynamite."   


Well, another of those moments is upon us.  Just over one year ago (on Jan 28th, 2010) the Pope of the Catholic Church officially joined the blogosphere.  That day, the Roman Catholic Day of Communication, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged priests to use the latest technological advances to proclaim the Gospel.  Following the Pope's lead it appears that for the first time ever, Catholic church authorities have developed and sanctioned a Mobile App.  Please welcome "Confession: A Roman Catholic App."


According to the app's iPhone/iPad online description "this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance" thru its customizable and personal "examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament."  While it is not meant to replace confession before a "validly ordained Roman Catholic priest in a Confessional" the developers hope is that the app will bring young, tech-savy, lax or fallen-away Catholics back to the faith.  If the early church could see the faithful today....


If anyone has used this, please comment and let us know what you think.  Here's a link to recent report on the matter - "Confession App Sanctioned By Catholic Church."


Disclaimer:  The developer of www.marktoolehpu.com has no stake, financial or otherwise, in Confession: A Roman Catholic App. 

2 comments:

Stalker said...

I've never tried the app but I built it - so I'm really bias. Gotta love that post on Huffington - the story got pulled by ABC because they reviewed the wrong app. We asked them to take it down, but they never responded. (There isn't much peer review when it comes to news accuracy, as one of my friends put it).

Anyway, if you want to find out about the app you can go to our website - http://www.littleiapps.com. If you need a press code, just email me.

Patrick Leinen

Press Release Distribution said...

First time I heard about such wonderful application actually and I am curious to use it in near future. Thanks for letting this things here.

 
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