Are you so tethered to your iPhone that you can't even confess your sins without it? Well, for $1.99 you won't have that problem anymore. The "church-approved" Confession app is "designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent." Choose from 7 different acts of contrition! Add sins not listed in standard examination of conscience! Custom interface for iPad! Unfortunately, you can't just skip the confessional booth altogether.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement, "This cannot be substituted by any IT application. One cannot speak in any way of confessing via iPhone." However, the creators say the app can't hurt: "This app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance. 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."
And initial reviews are good. One user wrote on Apple, "As a straying Catholic looking to come back to the Church more fully, this app gave me the extra confidence I needed to go to my first confession. The examination of conscience was a great start in taking a look at my wrongdoings." Still, we're pretty sure "confessing" anything into your phone is just called a drunk dial.