Legal confidentiality of Catholic confession to be breached

The Catholic Church's practice of Confession is a sacrament of the faith, with the priest hearing confessions held to an inviolable sacramental seal, under pain of excommunication for the priest if that seal is broken.  Accordingly, the law in most Western countries protects the priest hearing confessions from being compelled to testify against the penitent who admits a crime. That accommodation of law is about to be broken in Australia.  The Australian Associated Press reports: South Australian priests hearing confessions about child abuse will have a mandatory obligation from October to report the matter to police. SA will become the first state to adopt the recommendation of the abuse royal commission, meaning priests face the prospect of criminal charges for failing to report child abuse revealed in confession. "For many years priests and ministers have been obliged to report outside of confessional and we changed the...(Read Full Post)