Homosexual Activists: 'Confession: A Roman Catholic App' is 'Cyber Spiritual Abuse'
One of the many questions asked in this digital examination of conscience is 'Have you committed any homosexual acts?'
One of the many questions properly asked in this digital examination of conscience is "Have I been guilty of any homosexual activity?" That does not sit well with homosexual equivalency activists who promote homosexual practice and seek to make homosexual relationships equivalent to authentic marriage as a matter of civil law. So, now, the attacks against "Confession: A Roman Catholic App", have begun again.
Confession: A Roman Catholic App is now being attacked by homosexual activists.
CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - The month of February began with the news filled with bogus reports claiming that a new Iphone app, "Confession: A Roman Catholic App", which is designed to assist Catholics in making a good examination of conscience before going to confession, was some kind of substitute for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
First on the scene to expose the inaccurate reports by secular - and even some religious - press sources was the Catholic League. It issued a release on February 8, 2011 release entitled "Bogus Claims about Iphone Confession App."
The company which designed the app is "Little iApps." Their website has a helpful description of how to use the app as well as information on where to obtain it. The leaders of the company sought and received an imprimatur from one of the finest Bishops in the United States, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, Indiana.
They received theological input from Fr. Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M., the executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices. They received pastoral insights on the practice of the examination of conscience before going to confession from Fr. Dan Scheidt, a parish priest and pastor in Indiana.
"Confession: A Roman Catholic App" is an example of using digital technology to serve the growth of the human person and encouraging the use of the Sacraments as the path to true freedom. It enables, in its own words, "a personalized examination of conscience for each user." For centuries the Church has encouraged such an examination of conscience, or examen.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, "The reception of this sacrament [Penance or Reconciliation] ought to be prepared for by an examination of conscience made in the light of the Word of God. The passages best suited to this can be found in the Ten Commandments, the moral catechesis of the Gospels and the apostolic Letters, such as the Sermon on the Mount and the apostolic teachings."(CCC #1454)
Not only have Bishops, priests, deacons and lay leaders in the United States encouraged this proper use of digital technology as an aid in living the faith but a spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales told BBC News the app was a "useful tool to help people prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation."
One of the many questions properly asked in this digital examination of conscience is "Have I been guilty of any homosexual activity?" That does not sit well with homosexual equivalency activists who promote homosexual practice and seek to make homosexual relationships equivalent to authentic marriage as a matter of civil law.
So, now, the attacks against "Confession: A Roman Catholic App", have begun again. This time they come from another front, those who do not like the fact that the Catholic Church has always taught - and will always teach - that homosexual sexual activity is sin and under no circumstances can ever be approved.
In a section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church entitled "Chastity and Homosexuality" we read, "Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained.
"Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved." (CCC#2357)
The clearest exposition on the teaching of the Church on this matter is still the 1986 "Letter to the Bishops of Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons" which can be read in its entirety here. Paragraph seven of this clear and pastorally concerned letter contains these words:
"The Church, obedient to the Lord who founded her and gave to her the sacramental life, celebrates the divine plan of the loving and live-giving union of men and women in the sacrament of marriage. It is only in the marital relationship that the use of the sexual faculty can be morally good. A person engaging in homosexual behavior therefore acts immorally."
"To choose someone of the same sex for one's sexual ...
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