The Catholic has stated it is not willing to break the seal of confession even if pedophile priest confesses to abusing children according to reports. Priests said they would rather go to jail than report pedophile priests who confess to raping children in order to the seal of confession fully intact. South Australia has joined the ACT in moving forward with forcing Catholic priests by law to break the seal of confession when it comes to reporting pedophiles to the police. Now other states are considering whether or not to adopt the recommendation from the royal commission.
Catholic priests said they would rather go to jail than report child abuse
However, the Catholic church has fiercely rejected the idea, arguing priest should never break the seal of confession regardless of the crime. “The state will be requiring us as Catholic priests to commit as what we regard as the most serious crime and I’m not willing to do that,” Father Whelan responded. The New South Wales Government announced it would respond later this month in regard to whether priests being should be forced by law to report child abuse. “I expect every jurisdiction in Australia now will follow that recommendation and I expect the church throughout will simply not observe it?” Father Whelan said. According to ABC: Asked if the Catholic Church was above the law, he said: “Absolutely not, but when the state tries to intervene on our religious freedom, undermine the essence of what it means to be a Catholic, we will resist.”