Catholic Church approves virtual confession iPhone app

"Bless me iPhone for I have sinned."

The greatest development in religion since Catholicism Wow! and the Buddy Christ.

The Catholic Church has approved an application which allows users to confess their sins on the go without visiting the dreaded confession box.

Confession: A Roman Catholic App offers Jesus-followers a personal conscience profile based on their age, sex, job and marital status, while helping them deal with their earthly misdemeanors.

The £1.19 app, is a step back towards the box for at those who've not confessed to a priest in a while rather than a replacement for the Holy Sacrament.. When partaking in the virtual confession, believers can choose from a list of sins or add their own, while choosing from seven different acts of contrition. More importantly it supports the iPhone's Retina Display.

A spokesperson from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales told BBC News the app was a "useful tool to help people prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation". The Church believes in embracing new technology and this creative app will hopefully help people to make a good confession."

It is thought to be the first time the church has approved an app, which is part of the Pope's drive for catholics to "make good use of their presence in the digital world."

We still think the Buddy Christ (pictured) would have a greater chance of bringing the faith into the 21st Century though.

Link: iTunes