Catholic church in Australia rejects mandatory reporting of child abuse discussed in confessional

Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in Australia, speaks as Sister Monica Cavanagh, President of Catholic Religious Australia, listens during a media conference in Sydney, Australia, August 31, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Catholic church in Australia on Friday rejected laws forcing priests to report child abuse when they learn about it in the confessional, setting the stage for a showdown between the country’s biggest religion and the government. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), the country’s top Catholic body, said it did not […]

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