This time in Australia:
PRIESTS would be forced to report confessions of child sex abuse under controversial draft laws introduced in Parliament yesterday.
The Bill by No Pokies MLC Nick Xenophon requires priests, church workers and all volunteers who work with children to notify authorities of child abuse concerns – including priests receiving confessions.
“It’s important that this be across the board; that there be no exceptions to this; that we indicate as a society that culturally it’s entirely unacceptable that there be any form of child abuse,” he said.
However, the Opposition said it would not support the part of the Bill relating to church confessions because the “sanctity of the confessional” had been in place for centuries and should not be broken.