Monday, 11 June 2018

Seal of the Confessional

The ACT has introduced laws that will make it mandatory for priests to report people who disclose in a confessions that they have abused a child or children.  The Attorney-General, Christian Porter, stated that the Council of Attorneys-General was looking at harmonising laws across Australia following the ACTs legislative changes.  Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference was not in support of this move and commented that the Royal Commission was presented with little evidence that priests received confessions from paedophiles.  It is not clear how we would know given what happens in the confessional is deemed confidential.