How’s this for a creative idea: someone came up with an iPhone app that allows Catholics to confess their sins. Why trudge all the way down to church to sit in the booth and tell all to your priest, when you can do it right on your phone?

The Vatican promptly came out with their position on the whole thing. A spokesman said:

It is essential to understand that the rites of penance require a personal dialogue between penitents and their confessor. It cannot be replaced by a computer application. I must stress to avoid all ambiguity, under no circumstance is it possible to confess by iPhone.

So much for that million-dollar idea…