Gay rights groups are protesting an Apple iPhone app that asks users to confess their gay sins.

Among the questions asked by Confession: A Roman Catholic App is : “Have I been guilty of any homosexual activity?”

“Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent,” the app's description reads. “With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance. Individuals who have been away from the sacrament for some time will find Confession: A Roman Catholic App to be a useful and inviting tool.”

Wayne Besen, executive director of gay rights group Truth Wins Out, called the app “harmful.”

“This is cyber spiritual abuse that promotes backward ideas in a modern package,” Besen wrote in a post at his group's website. “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.”

The $1.99 app is the creation of South Bend-based Little iApps.

The company says the app's content was developed in collaboration with Rev. Thomas G. Weinandy, executive director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Rev. Dan Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in the Diocese of Fort Worth.

Social conservatives have blasted Apple for removing the anti-gay marriage Manhattan Declaration app.