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To: Past Your Eyes; marshmallow
This is just stupid grandstanding on the part of the Victoria government.

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.

4 posted on 07/18/2012 7:16:49 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("You can observe a lot just by watchin'." - Yogi Berra)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Excellent analysis.

I'd add one more point to your bulleted list.

The seal of confession allows those who are tempted towards sexual crimes or have entertained thoughts of them but have not yet physically committed one, to be spiritually helped and counseled in complete confidence. Confession therefore becomes a source of help and crime prevention for those who otherwise might not avail themselves of such an opportunity due to the fear of police being alerted.

13 posted on 07/18/2012 8:08:28 AM PDT by marshmallow (.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

>>>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.>>>

CORRECT!

May I add that no one would report a crime in confession if the priest had to report it to the police. I believe this is just an attempt to keep people from going to confession. Or, in other words, it’s an attack on the Catholic Church.


24 posted on 07/18/2012 9:06:39 AM PDT by kitkat
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To: Mrs. Don-o

•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.

You are exactly correct.


27 posted on 07/18/2012 9:12:15 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Mrs. Don-o
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.

I was really torn on this issue until reading your post. After all, if someone is truly repentent, then they should be willing to turn themselves in and endure the consequences. Easy confession, i.e. just say you did it, then go on living as you did before, isn't true repentence.

29 posted on 07/18/2012 9:19:03 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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