Anyone happen to catch Dexter on Sunday? In one particular scene, Dexter visits a priest, who suffers from dementia and lives in a retirement home, and ends up "confessing" to murder. The priest thereby absolves Dexter of all his sins.
It's this kind of "mischaracterization" of Catholic dogma that perpetuates myths and misunderstanding by non-Catholics. Of course, I don't expect Hollywood to get it right 100% of the time, but do they always have to be so far off-base when they characterize the Church's teachings?