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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 09:54 AM

Catholic church in Australia rejects reporting of child abuse discussed in confessional

The Catholic Church in Australia has rejected laws forcing priests to report child abuse when they learn about it in the confessional, setting the stage for a showdown with the government.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), the country's top Catholic body, said it did not accept a recommendation from an official inquiry into church abuse, which would force priests by law to report abuse to the police when they hear about it in confession.

One state and a territory in Australia have since introduced laws making it a crime for priests to fail to report abuse heard in the confessional, while the other five states and remaining territory have said they are considering their response.

"The Council ... continues to support retention of the civil law protection for the seal of the confessional," the ACBC said in a report published today.


https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2018/0831/990672-australia-church-abuse-laws/

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2018, 10:00 AM

1. Religious Doctrine Should Never Override Civil Laws

It is that simple. Religions should not enjoy anything that is not given to others. Period.

The so-called "sanctity of the confessional" is such an unwarranted privilege. It is also much abused by those who claim it.

Such claims should be rejected. The church is no more important than any individual in a just nation.

When it comes to child abuse, we should all be mandatory reporters. That is our duty.

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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 10:34 AM

2. Well certainly in this case an exception can be made for them, can't it?

I mean if ANY organization has shown itself to be more than capable of rooting out child rapists in its ranks and making sure they face justice, it's the Roman Catholic Church!

of course

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