Last February, we received 607 gifts, but fell short. This year we need 700. We have 5 to go—donate now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

New Irish bill, mandating reporting of abuse, renews concerns about confessional seal

Catholic World News - April 15, 2014

The Irish government has published the Children First Bill, which requires professionals—including members of the clergy—to report any concerns about child abuse to appropriate law-enforcement authorities.

Frances Fitzgerald, the government’s minister for children, said the new legislation would help to establish a “cultural norm” calling for reporting of dangers to children. However, the legislation raises concerns about the protection of the confessional seal.

“The seal of confession takes precedence over everything,” Father Gearoid O Donnchu told the Irish Examiner. “If somebody comes to confession it is with the understanding that what they say is entirely privileged.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our February expenses ($6,804 to go):
$35,000.00 $28,195.54
19% 81%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: garedawg - Apr. 16, 2014 11:01 AM ET USA

    Could the bishops make it known that if a child molester seeks absolution, his penance will be to turn himself into the civil authorities?

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Two good publishers, six new books for Lent 17 hours ago
Another awkward 'clarification' from the Vatican February 25
Former Israeli ambassador explains how to make 'two-state solution' realistic February 25
Solidarity Campaign: Going well, thanks! And how can you help? February 25
Considering the World of Film February 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5