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Australia moves closer to compulsory child abuse reporting by priests

Australia moves closer to compulsory child abuse reporting by priests

Australia, on Friday, moved closer to standardizing laws across the country forcing priests to report child abuse revealed to them during confessions. Federal and state attorneys-general agreed on key principles for the laws. The move is expected to widen a schism between the church and the government.

Kathy
Kathy
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User Inactive 1 year

Good, pedophile priests and the clergy that turn a blind eye to them are a disgrace to the Church.

porcus
porcus 1 year

When the clergy lose their confessional privileges they will only have themselves to blame. And once lost they won't be given again.

6Million$Mansplainer
6Million$Mansplainer 1 year

I understand the hate for priests and the Catholic Church. This isn't about holding them accountable for their own crimes. There are good priests who are trying their best. There are good and bad people going to those priests looking for help and guidance. The archbishop is correct, it's going to effect the ability to council without confidentially. It's also likely a priest won't be able to defend themselves if prosecuted. It starts with what we all agree on, child abuse is bad. Eventually this would get extended past that, and not just with the Catholic church.

I have no idea
I have no idea 1 year

This is actually already a thing in the US it doesn't work.

Seekster
Seekster 1 year

I agree with trying to purge the pedophiles who hide among good priests but any priest who breaks the sacred confidentiality of the Sacrament of Reconciliation ought to be expelled. Canon law should be above secular law to Priests, even if that means facing persecution.

Miles O'Brien
Miles O'Brien 1 year

The Catholic Church is a world wide pedophile enterprise. It has been for centuries. This not some new behaviour. Almost all organized religions have had an overt misogyny and subjugation of women at their core. It wasn't until the 1970's and the feminist movement that pressure was put on religion to recognize that women had a voice in how they should be treated. Religion's treatment of children has been the same. Children were just "pre-adults" that needed to be indoctrinated and programmed to be faithful to and unquestioning of the church's power over them. Religious beliefs must not supercede a nation's laws.

MGTOW Man
MGTOW Man 1 year

Constitutional challenge will inevitably happen. Tough issue.

Frederic Lück
Frederic Lück 1 year

Then they will simply not confess

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