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  • Irish govm't to make it criminal offense for a priest not to report sex offender confessions

    06/16/2012 8:39:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 80 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 15, 2012 | WILLIAM ODDIE
    Full Title: The Irish government is going to make it a criminal offence for a priest not to tell the gardai when a sex offender confesses his crime: I say, bring it on Alan Shatter, Ireland's Minister for Justice (PA photo) “It has to be made clear to everyone, including the main Church in this State, that the rights of children and the laws of the land come first,” Senator David Cullinane was reported by the Irish Times as saying earlier this week in Seanad Éireann. “Priests should know that they cannot use the confessional seal as a reason for...