Posts Tagged ‘Apostolic Penitentiary’

Queensland’s new law says priests must break confessional seal

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

A new law in Queensland says priests must break the confessional seal to report child sex abuse to police. If they don’t comply, they could face three years in jail. Echoing recommendations from Australia’s Royal Commission Into Child Sexual Abuse, Queensland’s Parliament passed the new law on Tuesday. Australia’s Catholic leaders have always vowed to Read more

Vatican allows General Absolution during pandemic

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

General absolution is allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing the global difficulty Catholic priests are having in hearing confessions, the Vatican says it is acceptable for bishops to offer general absolutions to certain groups of people. While the norm is an individual confesses their sins and celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation, General Absolution can be Read more