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Abusers have no right to any confidentiality

Published 16/07/2011 | 05:00

ACCORDING to the plans put forward by Justice Minister Alan Shatter, priests could be jailed for up to five years for failing to disclose information regarding serious offences against a child, even if this was obtained in confession, (Irish Independent, July 15).

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Church law relating to the seal of confession stretches back to the Council of the Lateran in 1215, which declared that a priest should be deposed if he broke the seal. Present canon law adds on automatic excommunication for any priest who does so.

Some clerical sex-abuse offenders deliberately tie the hands of their superiors by admitting to them their sexual abuse during confession.

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