What, when they talk to each other?
posted on 07/18/2012 7:01:49 AM PDT
by Past Your Eyes
(What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
To: Past Your Eyes; marshmallow
This is just stupid grandstanding on the part of the Victoria government.
- First, if offenders knew that Sacramental confessions would be revealed, they would certainly not go to Confession.
- Second, I don't know if a single case where it as even been alleged that the offender revealed his crime in a Sacramental confession.
- Third, it would be impossible to enforce: Who'd tell that the priest had failed to alert the police? The Penitent? or the Confessor?
- Fourth, are they going to record confessions, so some Police Detective can sift through thousands of hours of "Father, I ate a hamburger on a Friday in Lent" in order to detect some probably-nonexistent criminal confession?
- Fifth, what a priest can do, and is supposed to do, if a person confesses a felony, is instruct the penitent to contact the police, and withhold absolution until the penitent self-reports his crime.
The political authorities surely realize all this. Which is why I can't see it as anything other than making a show of pointlessly bullying clergy in order to score politically with the bigot constituency.
posted on 07/18/2012 7:16:49 AM PDT
by Mrs. Don-o
("You can observe a lot just by watchin'." - Yogi Berra)
To: Past Your Eyes
First the police came for the people who rape children, and I did not speak up because I was not a child rapist.
Then the police came for the people that covered for the child rapists, and I...
Nope. Can't come up with a scenario where I see any reason to make religious exceptions on criminal accessory laws.
posted on 07/18/2012 7:50:39 AM PDT
(Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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