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wWednesday, May 01, 2002


CONFESS YOUR OWN DAMN SINS: Mark Shea predicts "the coordinated attack by the State on the Seal of the Confessional." He may be right. If a shrink was informed of some of the same things priests are informed of on a daily basis and didn't report them, he'd probably lose his license and/or go to jail. The exemption of priests, while in the Confessional, from having to report serious confessed crimes to the authorities was based, primarily, upon a respect for the semi-autonomous religious freedom of the Catholic Church. And that, in turn, was based upon respect for said institution. Well, now that that respect has largely been bulldozed in the press - and not, I should add, without quite a bit of justification - what's stopping people from arguing for the removal of the Seal, "for the sake of the children"?

posted by Jeremy at 6:27 PM