Church Upholds Sanctity of Confession

ConfessionThe South Australian Parliament has passed a law, effective in October, which requires priests to report cases of child sexual abuse heard during confession.

Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ stated that the Church will not abide by the mandatory reporting requirement because the seal of confession is sacred and Canon Law prohibits a confessor to reveal what a penitent says during confession. Refusal to report child sexual abuse will carry a maximum penalty of up to $10,000.

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