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Australia's Catholic Church Rejected Revealing Confessions of Child Abuse

  • The Catholic Church of Australia has been asked to report all those confessions which are related to child abuse. The church, however, has turned down the request. The church leaders argue that doing so would hamper the religious liberties of the people. They also emphasized on keeping the confessions sacred. President of Catholic Religious Australia, Sister Monica Cavanagh, stated in a press conference that “The only recommendation we can't accept is removing the seal of confession. (We are) deeply committed to both child safety and seal of confession, which we consider inviolable. We don't accept that safeguarding (children's safety) and the seal are mutually exclusive.”