iPhone, iPad app helps you confess -- for $1.99

Pope Benedict XVI smiles during a meeting with youths in Valletta's port, Malta, Sunday, April 18, 2010. The pope is in Malta for a two-day visit. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

February 9, 2011 9:08:05 AM PST
Got sins? A new app for the iPhone and the iPad seeks to help Catholics prepare for confession, that sacred ritual of seeking penance for sins big and small.

"Confession: A Roman Catholic App" does not purport to take the place of an actual confession. Not even the Catholic Church, tech-savvy as it is with the Vatican tweeting in six languages, would approve that. Rather, it guides you through the Ten Commandments with a slew of questions attached to each.

Check boxes for the sins you've committed -- and there are many, as any lapsed Catholic knows. The $1.99 app then guides you through contrition and an exchange with a real-life priest, who can then absolve you of your sins.