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California state legislators abuse the introduction of a bill Stripping the priests of their legal protection for the Catholic Church, the sacrament of confession if sexual child.
“Remove the clergy exemption from child abuse and neglect Reporting” bill, introduced Wednesday by democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill, removed an exemption in the state’s “mandated reporter” law allows it to deny that all members of the clergy, knowledge of the suspected child abuse from law enforcement authorities, if that information is received, while the “penance of communication”, such as the Catholic confession.
Priests are only one category of professionals required to notify by state law to law enforcement authorities abuse the suspicion, but in contrast to teachers and therapists, clergy members are an exception, if you want to learn about the alleged abuse during confession.
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“Should the law apply equally to all professionals who have been identified as a mandated Reporter, said that these crimes — no exceptions, period,” Hill said in a statement. “The exemption for the clergy only protects the perpetrator and places the child at further risk.”
Pope Francis goes on a confessional, during a repentance Liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, 17. In March 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)
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This comes as Catholic bishops from around the world meet in the Vatican, in an effort to put an end to the problem of clergy sexual abuse.
The Golden State debate, the right to private penance against the desire to protect children, because both sides of their moral arguments.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced an investigation into sexual abuse by clergy is calling for victims to come forward.
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The California Catholic Conference came out against the proposed legislation.
“Insert-government in the confessional does nothing to protect the children and said to all the erosion of basic constitutional rights and freedoms we enjoy as Americans,” Steve Pehanich, Director of communications and advocacy for the California Catholic Conference, the Los Angeles Times.
According to the National Catholic Reporter, the seal of the confession is regarded as sacred, and “any priest who reveals directly a penitent in an immediate and automatic excommunication would be incurred.”
To honor father John Landry of Massachusetts, said a priest from the seal of confession“ even if he is threatened with imprisonment, torture or death,” lamented the international efforts.
California is the latest in a growing number of States that priests of child sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, no matter how you learn. Connecticut, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia all have similar statutes in force.
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“Like the ancient Roman emperors used to try to break the young Christian virgins, by threatening, you do not uncover, in brothels, if you capitulate to their whims,” Landry wrote in the National Catholic Register”, to break so that today some of the leaders and governments of the priests and the faithful, by forcing them, against the confessional seal”.