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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - These days it seems there's an iPhone or iPad App for almost everything. But what about an App that helps you confess your sins?

"What?! It's a little odd to be confessing to an iPad. I mean, they're used for a lot, but now we're confessing to them? It's a little extreme," said one self-proclaimed iPad fanatic.

Some people may call it extreme, but the Catholic Church in the United States has given an App its blessing. It's called "Confession - A Roman Catholic App" for the iPhone and iPad.

"We recognize that that's where people are today, especially our young people," said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington.

The App is not intended to be a substitute for a face-to-face confession, but it is a supplement. So for instance... Let's say I violated the 3rd Commandment by "deliberately missing mass on Sunday". Click on your sin and the app will then walk you through your personal confession.

"Oh yea, I would use this App," said Kevin Jones, the manger of the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. and a one-day-old fan of Confession App.

"I can see myself using it as an aide for a moment of recollection to go over those areas in my life that I want to bring into the confessional, the sins that I need to go over, and I've got a lot," joked Jones.

On Tuesday, Kevin hosted a book signing for Cardinal Donald. The book, "The Mass: The Glory, The Mystery, The Tradition," is all about the ancient traditions of the Catholic Church. But Cardinal Wuerl is actually a fan of this new technology.

"If our young people are using electronic media to communicate. We want to be immersed in all of that," said Wuerl.

The ultimate goal for the Catholic Church is to use Apps like this to get people to go back to church.

"We will always use electronics to invite people to Mass." said Cardinal Wuerl. "But nothing takes the place of actually coming together as human beings as living believers."

The Confession App is now available in Apple's App Store. You can download it for $1.99.

Tags: app, blessing, catholic, confession, iphone

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