Confession app draws attention

first_imgSince their recent launch of an iPhone app meant to guide Catholics through confession, Notre Dame doctoral candidate Ryan Kreager and his business partners Chip and Patrick Leinen have sold thousands of apps and received a great deal of media attention. The app, titled “Confession: A Roman Catholic App,” is based on an examination of consciousness by Fr. Dan Scheidt, pastor of Mishawaka’s Queen of Peace Church and a Notre Dame graduate. Scheidt originally developed it for use in his own parish. “The examination of consciousness at its very nature is a general diagnostic tool,” Scheidt said. “I took what I thought was most helpful from several and developed one for the adults in my parish.” Scheidt said the app helps Catholics focus during confession. “The app helps people who are so anxious about confession that they forget some or all of what they were going to say and it helps focus their thoughts,” Scheidt said. “An unanticipated way in which it is helping is students who have special needs. They use their iPhone to help focus on what they want to say.” Kreager said they launched the app through their business Little i Apps, LLC. He thought of the idea by talking to his sister’s boyfriend. “John [Deng] and I were just talking about confession,” Kreager said. “He made a comment about making confession easier and we thought there should be an app for that.” Deng did not want to be involved in the app development process, so Kreager took the idea to the Leinen brothers. They jumped at the chance. The three self-described “Catholic Geeks” did have some experience in programming and web development, but had never developed an app before. “There was a learning curve on the app development side,” Kreager said. “But for us, this was an evening and weekends project.” After about six months, they released a prototype of the app to a few close friends and a local youth group. Soon after their beta testing ended, the app was released. The app received an imprimatur, an official statement from a bishop that states that there are no doctrinal or moral errors. Bishop Kevin Rhoades, of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese, granted the examination of consciousness the imprimatur. “As far as we know, we are the first app to receive this,” Kreager said. “It gave the app a credibility that it wouldn’t have had otherwise.” The examination of consciousness the app uses is what specifically received the imprimatur. Scheidt said non-Catholics also use the app just to look at their life and examine the choices they are making. “This gives non-Catholics who are unfamiliar with confession the ability to see and learn more about the sacrament,” Scheidt said. Even though the app has proved to be helpful, Kreager said there has been misleading media coverage of it. Originally, coverage was only picked up by some Catholic blogs and news sources, he said. Other media outlets eventually picked up the story of the app and some even reported that the Catholic Church had approved confession via iPhone. Some news sources retracted their false statements, while Kreager said others did not. “The Vatican released a statement saying that they are not opposed to the app as long as it is used correctly,” Kreager said. “We also issued a statement saying that we stand fully behind the Vatican’s statement and that the app is just an aid to confession, not a replacement.” Scheidt said the confession app “has generated a conversation about confession that would be difficult to pay an advertising company to replicate. It has gotten people talking and that’s a good thing.” With all the coverage, the app was even mentioned in jokes on both Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno’s television shows, Kreager said. Currently the team is working on adding new features such as customizable sin lists, porting it to the Android and translating the app into several other languages.last_img read more

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Cases continue to rise locally

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 314 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Tuesday. A total of 48,626 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 530,075 tests have been reported to ISDH at a 9.2% positive rate and 19 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,524 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally Dearborn County has a total of 233 cases and 23 deaths reported, Decatur County has a total of 255 positive cases and 32 deaths, Franklin County has 126 positive cases and 8 deaths and Ripley County has 112 positive cases and 7 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img

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Angels deal C.J. Cron to Rays for player to be named

first_imgNow, the Angels are planning to have Albert Pujols play more first base, likely splitting the job with Valbuena. Barring injury, that didn’t leave much opportunity for Cron.Cron is also out of options, so the Angels would not have been able to send him to the minors. Had they kept him on the bench, they would have had three first basemen, and likely no utility middle infielder besides the starters. Expected to carry 13 pitchers, the Angels are facing the prospect of a three-man bench, which means versatility is important from the bench players.“With the construction of our roster and the personnel we have in place for this upcoming season, we have to place a premium on flexibility and maneuverability within our position player group,” General Manager Billy Eppler said. “C.J. has been nothing but professional and the consummate team player here. He cares about the game and his teammates. We wish him well as he embarks on the rest of his career.”In parts of four seasons with the Angels, Cron hit .262 with 59 homers and a .756 OPS. He hit exactly 16 homers in each of the past three seasons, even though he never had more than 407 at-bats.One of the knocks against Cron was his plate discipline. His career on-base percentage is just .307. He struck out a career-high 96 times last season. Eppler clearly stated at the end of last season that one of his primary goals was improving the team’s on-base percentage. TEMPE, Ariz. — After a couple years of moves that seemingly marginalized C.J. Cron’s role on the team, the Angels finally traded him on Saturday.The Angels dealt Cron to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named.Cron, 28, was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2011, and he had moved through the system looking like he might one day be a middle-of-the-order hitter.In January 2017, though, the Angels acquired Luis Valbuena, which seemingly left Cron with a lesser role. He ended up still playing 100 games in 2017 when both Valbuena and third baseman Yunel Escobar were hurt. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Yasiel Puig suspended 1 game, fined for obscene gesture

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Puig said at the time he would pay whatever fine MLB deemed appropriate. The one-game suspension is no doubt the subject of his appeal.“I know I did it,” he said. “What can I do now?”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he spoke with Puig about the incident and expressed his disapproval.“It was something he wishes hadn’t happened,” Roberts said. “It was a reaction of emotion on his part. Bad judgment. For me, I just made it clear I want to talk about all our players in the context of what they do on the field and not off the field. He understood how I felt. It won’t happen again.“His focus has just gotta be on helping us win a baseball game. For us to be talking about obscene gestures — I don’t want to do it and I know he doesn’t want to do it either.” CLEVELAND — Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been suspended for one game by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount for the obscene gesture he directed at fans during Tuesday night’s game at Progressive Field.Puig is appealing the suspension and is in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians.Puig’s actions came during the second inning. He said fans in the dugout suites were riding him while he was on deck. When they continued following his two-run home run, he made the obscene gesture in their direction as he trotted back to the Dodgers’ dugout.“I reacted that way. I stooped to their level,” he said through an interpreter after the game. “It happened suddenly. It’s something that came out. Nothing I can do about it now.”last_img read more

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‘21 Seats’ Bill Passage Uncertain in the House

first_imgThe last resort for the enactment of a draft law to establish 21 Special Legislative Constituencies for which additional 21 members of the House of Representatives shall be elected, is expected to be itemized in today’s agenda for deliberations, but may not receive full support, the Daily Observer has learnt.Lawmakers who spoke under condition of anonymity, said the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act violates the Constitution, especially Article 18.Article 18 says: “All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religion, ethnic background, place of origin or political affiliation, and all shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work.”The lawmakers argued that violation of the Constitution would compel a referendum, if the bill should be passed. The Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act of 2016 provides 21 additional seats in the House for women, youth and persons living with disabilities.The Senate unanimously passed the “Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act of 2016” which was forwarded to the House of Representative for concurrence.In Wednesday’s public hearing, Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell told the 28-member House Joint Committee that the Affirmative Action Bill for equal participation and representation of women in politics, the youth and persons living with disabilities requires the affirmative action legislation to elevate it to a level of equitable representation and participation in the governance process.The House Joint Committee comprised of Gender, Judiciary, Good Governance and Election & Inauguration The Gender Minister reminded the Legislature that Article 5 (a) of the Constitution empowers the Legislature to enact laws that promote the realization of social justice and increase citizens’ access to political and economic participation.“There are international instruments to which Liberia is a signatory and has acceded to for the enactment of affirmative action legislation for the empowerment of women, youth and persons living with disabilities. ECOWAS and AU Protocols, CEDAW, CRPD, the Beijing Declaration, and the African Youth Charter are some of the international instruments supportive of affirmative action as a means of accelerating their participation in politics for adequate representation,” Min. Cassell said.The National Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council, Madam Frances R. Deigh Greaves; the Vice President for the Association of Female Lawyers in Liberia (AFELL), Atty. Nadia S. Kamara; Mr. Daintowon Domah Payebaye, representing the disabled community; and Mr. Amos Williams, Deputy Secretary General for Program at the Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY) are among Civil Society Organization (CSO) members, urging the Legislature to enact the Affirmative Action Bill.The consultant for the Coalition of Caregivers and Advocates for the Elderly in Liberia and the Disabled Community, Mr. Sam Togba Slewion, also recommended that the Affirmative Action Bill should include the representation of older people.The Affirmative Action Bill has suffered many setbacks and has been lingering in the Legislature since 2010, before it was recently passed by the Senate.For the progress made by the Senate, the UN Women held a one-day consultative meeting with the media, the Women Legislative Caucus, Government Ministries, the disabled community and the public to create awareness and engage stakeholders before the bill was presented to the House of Representatives on Thursday.“In 2010, when we brought about the passage of this bill, it was not easy to convince our male counterparts because they thought we were trying to unseat them, but we are over that now because of our regular consultations that made the issue clear to them,” said Senator Jewel H. Taylor of Bong County.Senator Taylor, who also chairs the Women Legislative Caucus, noted that in meetings with women contestants, it was agreed that the elections will be determined on a single majority win. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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