Yeah, well, I'm thinkin' the Lord has an opinion on the molestation of children, too. Or do you suppose that the sexual molestation of a child is a breaking of the state's law only?
Nevertheless, it is hard for me to see how a priest could offer absolution and forgiveness if the sinner was determined to continue in his sins.
Not saying the Irish government is right. It's not. This IS a freedom of religion thing. I'm just glad that I will never be a priest in such a situation, nor a self-righteous liberal lemming that would try to force this on the Church.
Hang tough, Catholics of Ireland!