Gay Rights Group Blasts iPhone Confession Application

confession a roman catholic appIssues continue to hound an application designed to help Roman Catholic faithful prepare for the sacrament of confession. The latest one is an angry cry from gay rights group. They claim that the application promotes “anti-gay spiritual abuse”.

“This is cyber spiritual abuse that promotes backward ideas in a modern package,” said Wayne Besen, the executive director for Truth Wins Out. “Gay Catholics don’t need to confess, they need to come out of the closet and challenge anti-gay dogma. The false idea that being gay is something to be ashamed of has destroyed too many lives. This iPhone app is facilitating and furthering the harm.”

One of the features of the application Confession: A Roman Catholic App ($1.99 for US, 1.19 British Pounds) is to list down sins that the user can include in his or her confession. One of the questions being asked by the application is “Have I been guilty of any homosexual activity?”

Roman Catholic teachings consider homosexual acts as contrary to natural law and sinful.

The application previously hit the news when the Catholic Church said that confession couldn’t be done via iPhone as the sacrament needs a personal dialogue between the penitent and the confessor. Developer Patrick Leinen confirmed that the application is more of a guide tool and was “not intended to function as a replacement for confession.”

No direct comments were given by the developer or his company about the gay rights group issue but they have indicated that the questions were posed by Catholic priests.