A Scottish diocese has released an app that will help someone in urgent need of confession to find forgiveness. Not that users can type in their sins and receive a text of absolution. The app shows the nearest Roman Catholic Church.
Actually, the description in the press sounds rather sensationalized. I think what we have is a church-finder, something every denomination should probably have.
Do you know of similar church-related apps? What others would be useful? (I am open to both serious and humorous suggestions.)
From John Bingham, Catholic Church’s ‘Sindr’ app for those with an urgent confession , London Telegraph:
Confession, they say, is good for the soul and, in some cases perhaps, the sooner the better.Now, for those with a burning need to unburden themselves, one Roman Catholic archdiocese has launched what is thought to be the world’s first interactive GPS-powered “confession finder”.
Using similar technology to the dating hook-up app Tindr, it guides the penitent from their current location within the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh to the nearest church offering confession or celebrating mass.
Developed by the archdiocese and the technology company Musemantik, the new service, available on iPhone and tablet devices, is officially named “The Catholic App” but looks certain to be nicknamed “Sindr”.
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