Vatican officially bans confession via the new app for iPhone

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Bad news for all you tech-savvy Catholics — you'll have to suffer with the guilt of your sins until you can get yourself in front of a real priest. A Vatican spokesman has officially outlined the Catholic Church's stance on confessions via iPhone app: they don't count. 

For an organization that didn't pardon Galileo until 1992, the Vatican is surprisingly open with its use of technology. The Pope, or someone acting on his behalf, keeps up a regular Twitter feed (in six different languages, obviously). 

The app in question, called "Confessions: A Roman Catholic App" reminds the pious of the ten commandments and allows you to check off the sins you've committed. It costs $1.99, and will then generate a script of sorts outlining your confessions.

This, however, is only prep work; instead of sending the list to a priest, you actually have to go tell him yourself. Personally, while I have no interest in actually confessing, I wouldn't mind getting a look at that list of sins.