The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lord have mercy

To ease confession confusion, U.S. Roman Catholic Church officials have approved an iPhone app. For a one-time download fee of $1.99, the app leads faithful who are in (or about to enter) a confessional booth through the church's rite of penance.

It lists appropriate responses to a priest's exhortations and questions to see which of the Ten Commandments the person has broken.

Questions range from "Have I been involved with superstitious practices?" to "Have I mutilated myself through any form of sterilization?"

Users can create profiles with "custom examinations of conscience" and "custom sins." The developer, Little iApps, said it's not a substitute for a priest.


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