Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended in a report on Monday that all states and territories in Australia introduce legislation that would make it a criminal offense for people to fail to report child sexual abuse in an institutional setting. Clergy who find out about sexual abuse during a confidential religious confession would not be exempt from the law.
There’s more at the link. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
I can understand why the Commission is proposing this . . . but it’s going to produce a head-on clash with the Catholic Church, because priests are required – on pain of instant, automatic excommunication – to keep confidential any sin discussed during the sacrament. There is no way the Church is going to relax that rule, even if priests may be jailed for refusing to obey secular law(s) to the contrary.
The irresistible force is about to meet the immovable object. Get the popcorn, folks. This is going to get heated.