Saturday 29 April 2017

What next -- nuns and priests thrown in jail?

In the wake of the latest report on clerical sexual abuse in the Cloyne Diocese, Justice Minister Alan Shatter, who is not a Catholic, is bringing forward legislation to jail priests who hear of abuse and don't report it for five years.

Sexual abuse is a serious matter but I understand the proposed legislation will apply even to the confessional.

A priest who breaks the sacred seal of confession is subject to automatic excommunication by the church.

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