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Confessional seal again comes under scrutiny

HONG KONG (SE): With the release of the findings of one of the most significant investigations into Church practice this year, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia has some damning things to say about the structural weakness of the governance of the Church and its inability to manage its own affairs.
 
But perhaps one of its most controversial recommendations is that a new law be passed requiring priests to report cases of child sexual abuse learned about in the sacrament of confession.
 

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Confessional seal challenged

SYDNEY (SE): The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recommended that Australian states and territories introduce legislation to overrule the long held sacred nature of the seal of the confessional.
 
If carried out in the six states and two territories the legislation would demand that priests from across the country comply with a mandatory reporting to police requirement in the event of anyone confessing to child sexual abuse.
 

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Coadjutor named for troubled Guam

AGANA (CWN): Bishop Michael Byrnes, an auxiliary from Detroit, has been named as coadjutor of Agana in Guam; where Hong Kong-born Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai has been standing in for Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who has been charged with multiple sex-abuse complaints.

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