The Guardian newspaper reported that the gay rights movement is complaining again about another App - this time one which prepares people for the sacrament of confession. This particular App has been the subject of lots of media reports and blog posts and seems to be a good promoter of the sacrament. It is also doing very well in the Apps charts. However in its examination of conscience it includes the question "Have I been guilty of any homosexual activity?". The gay groups are describing this as "cyber spiritual abuse" (that last word has been chosen carefully, I suspect). Maintaining that gay Catholics do not need to confess but simply come out of the closet, they say that this App is facilitating and furthering harm, and creating neurotic individuals who are ashamed of who they are.
Two things, as a friend of mine would say. First, in this we have reached a stage where we as Catholics are no longer allowed to believe the teachings of our Church even within our Church, nor are we allowed to make available materials which reflect what we believe. This organised gay movement is using its power to dismantle the Church's teaching without regard for those who choose to believe it. This is an attack on freedom of religion and it is very organised. Secondly, can we expect Apple to remove this App now, as they did the Manhattan Declaration? I think that will happen - they gave in the last time, can they withstand the pressure to give in again? Maybe I am a pessimist, but I think the pink dollar is more important to Apple than religious freedom and what the Americans call the First Amendment: guaranteeing the free exercise of religion and free speech. (Thread which may confirm this)
So, will we work out the odds and open a book ?