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Monica Doumit: Abusers: do they confess? Probably

A couple of weeks ago, Natasha Marsh wrote a story highlighting a current review likely to recommend abolishing the Seal of Confession in the...

Confession seal crisis deepens

Australian Attorneys-General consider removing confessional privilege The Council of Australian Attorneys-General has moved to consider introducing laws across the nation legally requiring priests to break...

Confession must never be violated, says Vatican

https://youtu.be/fPyOuQifQpQ Absolute secrecy of the Confessional In the light of "a worrying negative prejudice" against the Catholic Church, Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document...

Challenges to Confession seal attributed to abuse scandals

https://youtu.be/pUtHTYSDjRc Conversion in the Confessional For centuries, the Catholic Church has maintained that what a penitent says to a priest in the confessional is strictly confidential,...

WA moves to force clergy to break seal

Priests in Western Australia will soon have to report information about child sexual abuse gained under confession under changes to the state’s mandatory reporting...

Simcha Fisher: 17 ways to make confession easier for your kids

Adult converts sometimes sheepishly admit that confession scares them. What they may not know is cradle Catholics often feel the same way. Very often,...
A priest hears Pope Francis’ confession on 29 March. Photo: CNS/Andrew Medichini, pool via Reuters

Archdiocese cool on new confession law

Recent changes to child protection laws in the ACT have been welcomed by the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn but the Church has cautioned...

‘Unbearable’ pain will purify Church

The clerical abuse scandal has caused "pain and unbearable suffering" the Pope told priests.

5 things to know when booking a retreat

With the beginning of Lent just a month away, Catholics everywhere will be in the mood to do a little spring-cleaning of the soul...
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