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Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe has today published a Pastoral Letter following the passing of legislation by the Western Australian State Parliament this week, which removes civil law protections to the confidentiality of the seal of confession.
This decision of the state parliament not only potentially criminalises fidelity to an essential dimension of the practice of our Catholic faith by …More
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe has today published a Pastoral Letter following the passing of legislation by the Western Australian State Parliament this week, which removes civil law protections to the confidentiality of the seal of confession.
This decision of the state parliament not only potentially criminalises fidelity to an essential dimension of the practice of our Catholic faith by our priests but also carries with it no guarantee that any child will be better protected from abuse because of this decision.
It is particularly concerning and troubling that the majority opinion of the legislative committee established by the government to look into this matter was not accepted by the parliament. In a 3-2 majority decision this committee recommended that disclosures made in the context of a religious confession should not be subject to the new mandatory reporting laws.
You can read the Pastoral Letter in full here perthcatholic.org.au/…munity_and_Family_Services_Amendment_Bill_2021.htm