For the last couple of years of app madness the tagline, “Is there an app for that?” has become a pop cultural (though amusing) cliché. There is now even a website called App for that. [My favorite: “If your reading this, there’s an app for that.”] Anyhow, the tech industry’s version of “That’s what she said” has taken me to the point where I am rarely impressed by the notion of there being an app for that, let alone caught up in the melee to investigate the possibility that there may actually be an app for that. And with the release of the confession app, the big fellas at the Vatican were impressed, caught up in the melee, and getting a little uppity.
Or at least, that’s what [Confession: A Roman Catholic app] said.
But the Vatican seems to be a little slow on the uptake [shocker]. There are others, including Confession Booth, and it appears that some in the church think that any repentance is good repentance. Apparently the app “It leads you through an “Examination of Conscience” to help you figure out what your real sins are,” which I find really reassuring. I mean, if my iPhone cannot tell me when I am approaching the red-zone of immorality, what or who else could? For those of you who are really treading unholy ground, here is a little quiz you can take here to determine if you are bound to be a saint or a sinner [no pressure.] Cue Billy Joel –> I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints… the sinners are much more fun… After all that is where I learned about Catholicism in the modern vernacular:
You got a nice white dress and a party on your confirmation
You got a brand new soul
And a cross of gold
But Virginia they didn’t give you quite enough information
You didn’t count on me
When you were counting on your rosary…
Really, I am not so sure why the Papal panties are all in a twist over this. If the purpose of confession is for Catholics to metacognitively evaluate their behavior, it seems like a useful concept. Of course, if the purpose has more to do with the little man behind the curtain, then…