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The Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, which houses the meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council.

UN experts’ letter to Vatican has ‘no real teeth,’ says Church official

The letter accused the Holy See of engaging in “obstructive practices” related to abuse. Read more

The meeting room of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Statement by UN ‘experts’ seeks to discredit the Holy See

The statement by a group of U.N. experts will ‘give the Holy See a pie in the face.’ Read more

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North Dakota lawmaker withdraws bill requiring violation of seal of confession

A North Dakota bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of confession has been withdrawn by its... Read more

Western Australian legislative committee recommends preserving confessional seal

Religious ministers should not be required to violate the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, a committee of... Read more

Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal

The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of... Read more

Holy See upholds confessional seal in response to Australian royal commission

The Australian bishops have provided the federal government with the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations of a 2017 report... Read more

Critics: Utah bill on confession would criminalize priests, not counter sex abuse

A Utah legislator’s proposal to remove protections for priests and other clergy who hear confessions of the sexual abuse of... Read more

Montana high court reverses sex abuse judgement against Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Montana Supreme Court has unanimously reversed a $35 million judgement against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, on the grounds that the... Read more

Australia's bishops protest national move to force priests to reveal confessions

Australia’s Catholic bishops support “nationally consistent” reporting standards for the abuse of minors, but cannot support new national legal standards... Read more

Sex abuse scandal leaves Australian Church, gov’t scrambling for solutions 

In the wake of a major clergy sex abuse scandal and the high-profile, controversial trial and conviction of sex abuse... Read more

Archbishop Julian Porteous.

Priests 'cannot comply' with laws that break seal of confession, Tasmania's archbishop says

The leader of Tasmania’s Catholic Church said priests in his archdiocese will not comply with a law that would require... Read more

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New Australian law requires priests to break confessional seal

A law passed in the Australian state of Victoria on Tuesday would require priests to violate the seal of confession... Read more

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Melbourne archbishop ready to defy law over seal of confession

The Archbishop of Melbourne has said he is prepared to defy a proposed new law that would force priests in... Read more

California Capitol Building.

California confession law dropped

A California bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of confession has been withdrawn by its sponsor... Read more

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Seal of confession is an 'intrinsic requirement,' Vatican says

The head of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary released a note Monday reaffirming the inviolability of the... Read more

Costa Rica considers bill threatening seal of confession

A bill in Costa Rica would require Catholic priests to violate the seal of confession to report cases of suspected... Read more

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'No priest may obey' proposed law, California bishop says

Bishop Michael Barber, S.J., of the Diocese of Oakland, California, has said he would sooner accept arrest and prison than... Read more


California confession bill amended, but still would require priests to violate seal

California’s state senate will vote on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession in certain... Read more

Dominican priest: California confession bill threatens all religions

If California moves forward with its proposed law trying to force priests to violate the seal of Confession, it is... Read more

Pope Francis addresses participants in a course on the internal forum organized by the Apostlic Penitentiary at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, March 29, 2019.

Pope Francis: 'Sacramental confession is the way of sanctification'

Pope Francis told priests and seminarians Friday that the sacrament of penance is “the way of sanctification” in which miraculous... Read more