New Australian law would require priests to break confessional seal
A law passed in the Australian state of Victoria would require priests to violate the seal of confession if anything in the confession gave them reason to suspect occurrences of child abuse.
The new law, passed Sept. 10, carries a sentence of up to three years in prison if a mandatory reporter does not report abuse to the authorities.
The law adds religious leaders to the existing list of mandatory reporters. Unlike in other countries with similar laws and policies, reports of child abuse made in a sacramental context are not exempt and must be reported.
Premier Daniel Andrews, who has led the state