Court rules priests exempt when they hear of child abuse in a “sacramental confession.”

Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s law on reporting child abuse, which requires health workers, teachers, clergy and others to report evidence of child abuse to authorities, does not oblige priests to violate the sanctity of a sacramental confession.

The ruling deals with a section of Louisiana’s Children’s Code requiring health workers, teachers, clergy and others to report evidence of child abuse to authorities. Read more

 

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