Religion’s interference with technology is still a hot subject. Generally, modern people encourage this mix, while the conservatives are more reserved.
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In 2011 web developer Patrick Leinen came up with a brilliant product that harmoniously combines technology and religious practices. He developed a mobile app entitled Confession: A Roman Catholic App with the purpose to assist Catholics in making an examination of conscience before going to confession.
The mobile app offers each user a personalized examination of conscience, password protected profiles and a guide to the sacrament, but it wasn’t designed to replace the process of confession. Penitents still have to go to a priest for absolution.
The text of the mobile app was made in collaboration with Rev. Thomas G. Weinandy (Executive Director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) and Rev. Daniel Scheidt (pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, IN).
Confession: A Roman Catholic App is the first known iPhone/iPad app to receive an imprimatur, which is a public declaration that nothing offensive to the Catholic religion was found. The imprimatur was given by the local Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes.
Patrick Leinen confessed that the idea to develop this special mobile app came from Pope Benedict XVI’s who said in a speech that he encourages the young people to use modern means of social communication for their personal growth.
The application is produced by Little i Apps company (founded by Patrick Leinen and Ryan Kreager) and is actually the company’s very first application for iPhone™, Android, iPad, and iPod touch®. The mobile app costs $1,99.
Almost all mobile applications produced by Little i Apps address to Catholics. Through its products, Little i Apps is the best example that technology can be a very useful support for religion. Actually, we could say that in this case technology provides an easier way to spirituality.
What is your opinion about combining religion with technology?