Officials of the Catholic church in Ireland object to a new law that mandates the reporting of child abuse. From the BBC:
The Irish Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that priests who are given admissions of child abuse during the sacrament of confession will not be exempt from new rules on mandatory reporting. During his homily to worshippers at Knock shrine in County Mayo, on Sunday, the archbishop of Armagh and primate of all Ireland said: "Freedom to participate in worship and to enjoy the long-established rites of the church is so fundamental that any intrusion upon it is a challenge to the very basis of a free society."
The discussion seems to center on future abuses revealed during confession, but I wonder if it's really about the ongoing use of the sacrament to hide internal discussions of undisclosed abuses from the possibility of legal scrutiny.
Child protection measures apply regardless of religious rules [BBC]
Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who is denying same-sex couples marriage licenses in defiance of the US Supreme Court has been married four times. According to U.S. News and World Report, Davis “gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband. They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second. […]
Britain’s top Catholic cardinal stepped down today after allegations of inappropriate behavior with priests, dating back to the 1980s, became public. Keith O’Brien is an outspoken conservative in the church, describing homosexuals as “captives of sexual aberration” and same-sex marriage as “shaming” the United Kingdom. [NYT]
Taylor Berman at Gawker reports that two of the top candidates to replace retiring Pope Benedict have predictably well-informed opinions about why Catholic priests rape so many children.
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