Squirt Guns for Baptisms?
Robots in the confessionals?
Credit card machines instead of collection baskets?
IPad coming to church altars with daily missal app
June 18, 2010 - 1:32pm
ROME (AP) - An Italian priest has developed an iPad application that will let priests celebrate Mass with an iPad on the altar instead of the regular Roman missal.
The Rev. Paolo Padrini, a consultant with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said Friday that the free application will be launched in July in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin.
Two years ago, Padrini developed the iBreviary, an application that brought the book of daily prayers used by priests onto iPhones. He said the iPad application is similar but also contains the complete missal _ containing all that is said and sung during Mass throughout the liturgical year.
Pope Benedict XVI has sought to reach out to young people through new media.
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Ok I can see the iBreviary being somewhat useful and kosher. While I prefer a good old fashion paper book, I guess when traveling having the Breviary on and iPad would be handy. But an iPad on the altar? Seriously? I don't even think the iPad Queen would go for that.
Some of the "Catholic" churches already look ridiculous enough. What with their lack of Crucifixes, Holy Water Fonts, Kneelers and their drum-sets, hot-tubs for baptisms and pant-suit wearing nuns. Do we really need mini-computers on the altar of sacrifice?
I am embarrassed that an Italian would come up with this. An American or Australian I can see. But and Italian? With all that history and beauty over there, not to mention great food. Sigh - am I just overacting? Being old fashion? A jerk?