I heard of this application on CNN this morning. The tone of Kyra Phillips and meteorologist Rob Marciano was horrifying, it was a huge joke. She reported over and over that this will save hundreds of "man-hours" for the Catholic Church. As if you could confess your sins to your iPhone and have your sins forgiven. It was ludicrous and apparently she found it quite hilarious.
I downloaded the app to see what on earth it is.
It is a very nice application. It is a guide to confession. It lists the Ten Commandments and has the usual questions that any examination of conscience goes through. It has several versions of the Act of Contrition as well as other prayers, such as the Our Father and Hail Mary. It would be a great way for a person who hadn't been to confession for years to refresh their memory as to what to do in the confessional - and before - without being embarrassed.
I think this is in keeping with Pope Benedict's recent declaration that social media can be used for good.
But I am certainly sick of hearing this application being mocked.
One of my friends did it on Facebook today. His friends had several rude remarks that were extremely insulting to the Church. I took Pope Benedict at his word and posted a comment that said that the application is an aid to actual confession and was not meant to be a substitute for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
I did try to find a way to write Kyra Phillips and let her know that I didn't appreciate her attitude toward a Sacrament of my Church - but I couldn't figure out how.