I ran across this article while playing follow-the-links. (unfortunately, my browser crashed and didn’t keep the source page.)
Bill 360, introduced by Democrat state Sen. Jerry Hill, would “delete that exception for a penitential communication, thereby requiring clergy to make a mandated report even if they acquired the knowledge or reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect during a penitential communication.”
Growing up Baptist, and not a “good” one at that, Confession is murky subject to me. But one thing I do understand: anything that is said during confession is private, between the person, the priest and God. Ordering a Priest, or any clergy member to violate that is akin to ordering a doctor to violate HIPPA or asking a lawyer to violate client confidentiality. It cannot happen. The Church needs to persuade the wrong doer to come forward.
To all those who have been crying “Separation of Church and State”*, saying that the Church should not, cannot, interfere in the State, the reverse is true – The State should not, cannot interfere in the Church. If bills like this are allowed to pass, however “good intentioned” they are, the Church will become little more than an arm of the State Police and the sheep will cease to trust their Shepherd.
Read the article and see if you don’t cringe too.
*Never mind this phrase is not in the Bill of Rights and the average person shouting this has no idea what the real amendment says.