Skip to comments.Bill Proposed To End Catholic Confession Exemption For Reporting Child Abuse
Posted on 02/24/2019 9:32:41 AM PST by dvan
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) has introduced a bill, SB 360, to end the penitential communication exemption to child abuse reporting.
Currently, 43 categories of adults are required to report to the police if they know or reasonably suspect a child is has been the victim of child abuse or neglect. (Cal. Penal Code 11166(a).)
There is an exception for clergy who gain knowledge of abuse during penitential communication, sometimes referred to as confession. (Cal. Penal Code 11166(d).) Hill says those in the clergy have been able to abuse and get away with it, because of the exception so his bill would erase it from the law. This bill will require that everyone has to say something when they see it.
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What about murder?
Lawyers will still be able to shield their clients. So this is not really about catching perverts.
As despicable as this is the clergy exemption should stay. Freedom of Religion. The tough cases are always the starting point for eroding our rights.
So now the same CA democrats who are PROMOTING and legalizing male-child sex normalization going to require the catholic church to break confession secrecy if they suspect priest-child contact?
The Democrat Sodomite Party.
It’s a short step from this to outlawing the Catholic faith entirely. Some people seem to be comfortable with that idea.
I think it will spark a civil war.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some leftists want that.
As despicable as this is the clergy exemption should stay. Freedom of Religion.
The beginning. Start with something that will have the who could be against this tag. Down the road comes you must have gay marriage because its the law of the land . The left uses incrementalism like tanks.
14th Amendment, Section 1: All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States [emphasis added]; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Exceptions are bad things to make laws over.
The slippery slope. Next will be attorney client privilege.
I was raised Catholic, and will remain so in my heart,
but I have always agreed with this in principal.
If there is a severe and horrible crime that has been committed, a crime that will continue to endanger more and more people, I think the priest owes it to humanity to tell authorities. I do.
Decades ago, I read a book about Albert DeSalvo; aka The Boston Strangler. Many years before he was finally arrested on those charges, he is said to have confessed to many of the killings. He spoke to a cellmate of the time, not a priest, so the confessions were not deemed appropriate for use in court. But what if he had spoken to a priest, one assigned to speak to prisoners. Should such a priest never have said anything, leaving multiple murder cases forever unsolved?
as well as doctor patient confidentiality
If "no establishment of religion" means anything, it ought to protect your right to speak to a minister of your choice without the state horning in on it.
Highly unlikely. If rank and file Catholics weren't stirred to action after decades and decades and decades of priests sexually abusing their congregants (and they weren't), then why would they be willing to take up arms and risk their lives?
You never know what will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
is this when the priest is confessing or hearing the confession?
Apples and oranges there. Being betrayed by the behavior of some priests is hardly the same thing as a concerted effort by secular government to stamp out Christianity.
Hearing confession. Jose Blow goes into confessional and confesses child abuse. Under proposed bill, Padre is supposed to call the cops.
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