Extraordinarily stupid politicians in Ireland attempting to control the confessional.

From the Irish Catholic comes news that confirms just how far Ireland has fallen from its tradition of being the “land of saints and scholars”:

The Taoiseach, the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Children are all indicating that a proposed new law will require priests to break the seal of confession if someone confesses to them the crime of paedophilia.

This would make us the one and only country in the Western world to have such a law. Even Revolutionary France in the days of its worst violence against the Church did not pass a law requiring the breaking of the seal of confession.
The justification for the law is that the crime of paedophilia is so heinous that no one who hears about it, under whatever circumstances, can be allowed to keep it to themselves.

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Submitted by Alice H.

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  1. Actually, they are trying to control the uncontrollable pedophile priest protection program, and their solution is brilliant.

    There is no question that the Catholic church has been raping children for decades, covering it up, lying about it, and ignoring the victims. Its worse in Ireland than in a lot of places.

    They can’t be trusted to protect society from their own pedophiles, and for a long time, the laws of the land allowed the church to get away with that. The church shamelessly, recklessly, sinfully abused that power – not as individuals, but as a coordinated, organized whole.

    Pedophile priests proved that confession gave them the capability to rape children as long as they ran to confession afterwards. Some in the US in Philadelphia had sex with children in confessional. That’s convenient. If you close that loophole, and the priest knows that he has to confess or go to hell after he rapes a child, he has a big dilemma.

    Brilliant solution, Ireland.

    Pedophiles – want forgiveness from God? Go to prison on earth. You don’t get the benefit of God’s forgiveness for free. Priests – want to hide your pedophile priest friend? You go to jail, too.

    Enact the law. Let’s hope the US follows suit. The Catholic church concealed child rape for at least 60 years. Let’s let the government shut down the pedophile protection practices.

    • Dear Patrick,

      Whatever “they” might be trying to control, this isn’t the way to do it. This excerpt from a recent article pretty much explains why:

      Fr. Flannery said that the Association of Catholic Priests has not taken the proposed law very seriously, because it is simply not “workable.”

      “When a person confesses in the confessional box, the priest would not normally know who they are, or indeed be able to see them,” he explained. “So how is he to report them?”

      It is also “unlikely” that a person involved in abuse would go to confession, Fr. Flannery pointed out.

      “In my forty years of priesthood, I don’t ever remember someone confessing that they were currently abusing someone,” he said.

      He noted that the prime minister’s bill also fails to address implications for other professions, and things that are said in other privileged situations of confidentiality.

      It also opens the door for other crimes becoming exceptions, requiring further breaches of the confessional seal.

      “Why make this one the only crime to be reported?” Fr. Flannery wondered.


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