What next -- nuns and priests thrown in jail?
Published 18/07/2011 | 05:00
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.