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Church Approves Link Between Apple and God

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Countless bloggers and analysts have claimed that Steve Jobs has a divine touch. Apple's legions of devout follows have been compared to a spiritual sect. And overall, Cupertino's line of sleek gadgets and "enlightened lifestyle" has prompted many to deem Apple a religion.

So it stands to reason that the Catholic Church would want in on that action and approve a church-themed iPhone app.

Confession: A Roman Catholic App guides the user through the confession process and atoning for one's sins. Described as "the perfect aid for every penitent," the app features a step-by-step manual to the sacrament, password-protected profiles, and load windows with the message "Creating your custom examination of conscience. Please wait..."

Speaking with Reuters, developer Patrick Leinen said, "Taking to heart Pope Benedict XVI's message from last years' World Communications Address, our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly new media at the service of the word."

He added, "Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology."

The app was designed with the guidance from 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. Once completed, the app was officially authorized by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

And you thought the App Store had a stricter approval process.

But for iPhone users who normally confess their since through a text message string, the app isn't intended to replace actual confession. In order for forgiveness to take effect, Catholics must still endure a priest's judgmental tone for absolution.

The app costs $1.99.

Hey, who said redemption was free?
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