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'Father, I have sinned' doesn't have the same ring when confessed to an iPhone, but God knows, it may work.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2011 22:24 IST

A guilt-ridden conscience too needs to keep pace with the times. Helping in that endeavour, as of now, is 'Confession: A Roman Catholic App' that can be downloaded by iPhone and iPad owners as an aid to unburdening that load off the chest. The Vatican, which recently gave its official sanction to social networking, has expectedly been guarded in its response, pointing out that 'confessing' to an iPhone, which is now being hailed as the "perfect aid for every penitent" cannot replace the traditional system.

The app has already got the approval of Catholic churches in many countries of the world. Though Little iApps, the three-member Indianapolis-based team that developed the tool, insists that the application will only aid in arranging one's thoughts before stepping inside the box, there are many in the world who will feel a far greater degree of comfort with their hand-held device than with a shadowy priest (or is it one's conscience) lurking on the other side of the wooden lattice. Unfortunately, at some point, the demons will have to be confronted as the app developers have already excluded the possibility of emailing a list of sins committed.

Our much-maligned country, we might smugly say, has already been quite a trend-setter in this regard. This ancient melting pot has embraced the digital age with great gusto, with most of its major temples offering online services to the devout. So while you will be able to propitiate the gods through e-Seva, you can contribute to the noble cause through e-Hundi. Also, once you have gathered those precious 'divine blessings' over ether, you can shop online for gangajal, shivalingas or rudraksha beads. Surely the day is not far when one will be able to perform iPenance and save the trouble of being roasted in the hell-fires of eternal damnation.