BTW,I am not Catholic but I thought confessionals were anonymous. How does the priest know who is confessing?
I guess im not a priest because I would reach through the screen and choke his ass.. just saying..
If you don't know, perhaps you need to look into the matter.
"Where do we draw the line with personal safety?" you asked. Somewhere other than the confessional. Otherwise, a priest would have to report to the authorities that a penitent: had hit his or her intimate partner; had spanked his child and felt badly about it; drank too much on occasion; used recreational drugs; drove too fast and didn't always fully stop at stop signs; went to bars, got drunk, and had sex with guys he didn't know; was feeling depressed and might be suicidal; hated his coworker and wanted to strangle him; fill in every other "personal safety" issue.
Yes, sexual abuse of children is very bad, but lots of other things are very bad, too. A government that promotes abortion for pre-teen girls does not think there is anything wrong with adults' having sex with minors. A government that has homosexual "tolerance" programs in junior high school does not think there is anything wrong with adults' having sex with minors. They are playing on your emotions and your gut feelings to damage an organization that, for all its failures on the ground, at least has consistent and unalterable moral standards for sexual behavior, which everyone would be much better off if they followed.