So things are heating up in Australia, with even conservative Catholic Tony Abbott supporting a Commission of Inquiry into sex abuse. If there’s going to an official inquiry, let’s broaden it to all .
Its worth noting that the Boy Scouts Association of America has last month revealed a massive amoung of historic child abuse cases within its membership. It’s estimated that the cases in the Boy Scouts will far exceed those in the US-based Catholic Church, by length, scale, and financial compensation. Its worth remembering that not all sex abuse occurs in church, but across all aspects of society.
This is why an inquiry must look into all dark corners of society, not just the Catholic Church.
For a really good breakdown of the issue occuring in Australia in regards to confession, see Lucia Maria at Conservative NZ’s post on Hysteria in Australia over what priests might hear in Confession .
As an aside, Lucia Maria, I wouldn’t read Whale Oil if you paid me to. That site and its author is vile, devious and consumed with lies. He is everything good Christians spend their lives battling against.
As always, Macdoctor cuts right to the core of the issue and said in the post:
Regardless of what you may think of the value of confession, even a politician should be able to see that the inevitable result of forcing priests to report confessions of criminal acts is that people will no longer confess them. The nett result is that no difference is made to preventing crime and the state interferes in church affairs to no purpose.
Boom. Absolutely true. Confessions must remain secret, else sinners will stop confessing on fear of being outed (for all kinds of sins) and therefore prevent themselves of entereing Heaven.
Pray for the Catholic Church in Australia and Cardinal Archbishop George Pell for the courage and strength to stand up for the Church.
St Michael the Archangel, pray for us.