Canberra, Australia, Jun 9, 2018 / 02:57 am
A new law in Australia will require Catholic priests in Canberra to break the seal of confession to report child abusers, drawing adamant opposition from Church officials.
"Priests are bound by a sacred vow to maintain the seal of confession," said Archbishop Christopher Prowse of Canberra and Goulburn, adding "without that vow, who would be willing to unburden themselves of their sins?"
In a June 6 article for the Canberra Times, Prowse cautioned that "the government threatens religious freedom by appointing itself an expert on religious practices and by attempting to change the sacrament of confession while delivering no improvement in the safety of children."
"Sadly, breaking the seal of confession won't prevent abuse and it won't help our ongoing efforts to improve the safety of children in Catholic institutions," the archbishop continued.