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AustraliaChrissie Foster urges MPs to strip Catholic seal of confession's mandatory reporting exemption

01:26  14 august  2019
01:26  14 august  2019 Source:

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In the Catholic Church, the Seal of Confession (or Seal of the Confessional ) is the absolute duty of priests not to disclose anything that they learn from penitents during the course of the Sacrament of Penance ( confession ).

Prayers for Confession , the Act of Contrition. The Sacrament of Reconciliation should be prayerfully made with the spirit of humility and repentance. After confessing all the sins you remember since your last good confession , you may conclude by saying, "I am sorry for these and all the sins of my

Chrissie Foster urges MPs to strip Catholic seal of confession's mandatory reporting exemption© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Chrissie Foster said the change would help prevent the repeated sexual abuse of children in the future. (ABC News: Gemma Hall) Anti-abuse advocate Chrissie Foster has urged Victorian MPs to back a bill before Parliament which would make it mandatory for priests to report suspected child abuse to authorities, breaking legal protection around the confessional seal.

Under current laws, Victorian teachers, police, medical practitioners, nurses, school counsellors, early childhood workers and youth justice workers must tell authorities if they develop a reasonable belief in the course of their professional work that a child has been abused.

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The sinner will not confess , nor will the priest receive his confession , if the veil of secrecy is removed: To decide that the minister shall promulgate what he receives in confession , is to declare that there shall be no penance A few years after Phillips was decided, People v. Smith distinguished the case

“Sadly, breaking the seal of confession won’t prevent abuse and it won’t help our ongoing efforts to However, Prowse said the new law asking priests to break the seal of confession will not contribute “We urge the chief minister to allow the Catholic community into this conversation to ensure we are

But priests and religious leaders have so far been exempt from mandatory reporting laws, despite a recommendation from the child sex abuse royal commission that churches not be exempt from reporting information discovered during religious confession.

In amendments to be introduced to Parliament on Wednesday, the Andrews Government will add religious and spiritual leaders to the list of mandated reporters.

The amendments would also ensure that disclosures of abuse during religious confession are not exempt and must be reported to police.

The Catholic Church last year formally rejected the notion that clergy should be legally forced to report confessions of abuse revealed during the confessional, with one archbishop comparing the religious tradition to lawyer-client privilege or a journalist's obligation to their sources.

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Mandatory reporting would have stopped him 25 years earlier at his first confession . The subsequent effect would have been 25 years of children saved The Catholic Church priesthood says confession is sacrosanct - I say the bodies of children are sacrosanct. Chrissie Foster is co-author of Hell on the

The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing

Child Protection Minister Luke Donnellan said the amendments would bring about "cultural change" to make future generations of Victorian children safer.

"It's pretty simple: if you think a child is being abused, you have to report it," he said in a statement.

'Children are sacrosanct'

The State Opposition had committed to a similar position before the November election, meaning the bill is likely to have bipartisan support.

Ms Foster, whose daughters Emma and Katie were raped by Melbourne priest Kevin O'Donnell while they were at primary school, said politicians who backed the changes should be "congratulated".

She cited the case of Catholic priest Michael McArdle — who claimed in an affadavit to have confessed he was sexually abusing boys to up to 30 priests over a 25-year period — as an example of why the laws were needed.

"Instead of him offending for 25 years, now he'll be mandatory reported at the first confession, not allowed 1,500 other confessions after that," Ms Foster said.

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The seal of confession often arises during cases of the abuse of minors in the Church. The court upheld the priest’ s right to the seal of confession . Louisiana’ s law makes an exemption for priests as mandatory While the Catholic Church upholds the seal of confession , it also recognizes clerical

The Seal of the Confessional is a principle within Anglicanism which protects the words spoken during confession . Confession has certain censures on disclosure as there is an understanding among the clergy that there is an inviolable confidence between the individual priest and the penitent.

"The Catholic priesthood says that the seal of confession is sacrosanct.

"Sacrosanct means something is too important or valuable to be interfered with. Well I say the bodies and lives of children are sacrosanct."

"They [the Catholic Church] get it on the level of their own confession and their own things they've made up for themselves, therefore they should see this value in children."

The Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli last year insisted the seal of confession could not be broken despite the looming law change.

"The breaking of the seal is not likely to lead to child safety, it's more symbolic than a practical solution," he said.

Catholic archbishops in South Australia and the ACT, where governments have also moved to scrap protections around the confession, have similarly vowed to defy the new laws.

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