Priests should be obligated to report this info. Its criminal not to. If you’re dumb enough to tell someone you buggered a child, you should be in prison..
And if the priest or pastor is required under law to divulge confessions of child abuse, how long before they are required to divulge confessions of infidelity during divorce proceedings. For that matter, how long before they are required to divulge any crime?
Besides, technically, it is only hearsay evidence.
Any priest that condones a sex offender via the confessional shouldn't be representing God.
So, assuming you were made a heretical Pope and made this edict, how many confessions of pedophiles would you expect to occur afterwards? A guy like you who knows everything should be appointed God.
I'm sure that's occurred to you.
This whole argument is idiotic. If the confessional seal is broken sex offenders won’t confess anymore, and if they did it would be hearsay and unadmissable. The state is puffing out its chest to look like a big man and probably knows this is all a PR show.
Then the practice of the Catholic religion is criminal, because this is a non-negotiable for us.
And a country whose government can declare our religion "criminal," shut it down, and throw our ministers in prison can do exactly the same thing to your religion.
That's why we have a first amendment, or at least, we used to.