New iPhone, iPad app helps you confess — for $1.99

NEW YORK – 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 offers sample text you can tell a real-life priest, which you'll have to find yourself to absolve you of your sins.

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