Maureen Dowd, in her column last week, tried to sneak in a veiled claim that the iPhone Confession preparation app winks at homosexuality in the priesthood:
Under the Sixth Commandment, men and women are asked: “Have I been guilty of any homosexual activity?” Priests, however, are not. They are asked if they flirt.
Gay bloggers have been up in arms about this app because they claim it “pushes guilt on gays” while somehow suggesting a double-standard for priests. (News flash: the Church is against all homosexual acts, no matter if you wear the Roman Collar or not.)
The rage evidenced by homosexual activists over this app reveals the turning-morality-on-its-head perspective that more and more of them are taking – showing the inversion of values that necessarily follows when you set yourself in opposition to the principles of morality:
“This app is helping to create neurotic individuals who are ashamed of who they are. The creators of this device are the true sinners and they need to confess for the damage they are doing in the name of religion.”
This is ignorance compounded by hate. Most of the gay blogs I came across claim that this app will forgive sins (of course it never says this). And many of them fail to see that the app’s admonition to follow the Sixth Commandment is part of Church teaching (and indeed, the Jewish and Christian tradition) not an “original” insight proposed by the app developers.
Who would have thought that a little app would cause such big complaints?