From CNA comes:
Irish priests will refuse to break seal of confession if proposal becomes law [Really?]
By Katherine Veik
Dublin, Ireland, Jul 18, 2011 / 08:03 pm (CNA).- Catholic priests in Ireland are prepared to “strongly” resist a proposed law that would require them to disclose information learned in confession. [Strongly to resist = refuse to obey an unjust law.]
“More than any other issue, it is probably the one that will unite both the liberal and conservative wings of the Church,” said Father Tony Flannery, a priest with the Association of Catholic Priests, in a July 18 e-mail to CNA. [If only that were true, then the persecution would be worth it. It has been in the past. Or am I wrong?]
“If even one exception was made to the seal of Confession, then the whole Sacrament would collapse,” he stated. “The truth of faith that this Sacrament is meant to convey is central to Christian teaching.”
The legislation, proposed by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, [I wonder if Enda is pro-abortion.] would put priests in jail for up to five years if they failed to tell authorities about sexual abuse crimes disclosed during confession. [I am exercising heroic self-editing.]
Fr. Flannery said that the Association of Catholic Priests has not taken the proposed law very seriously, because it is simply not “workable.” [I hope his analysis is better than that which they have given to the new translation.]
“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?” [Two words: FIXED GRATE.]
It is also “unlikely” that a person involved in abuse would go to confession, Fr. Flannery pointed out. [I wonder.... but that is not the point.]
“In my forty years of priesthood, I don’t ever remember someone confessing that they were currently abusing someone,” he said. [So. What? ]
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.
The priest contends the proposed law is a “total over-reaction” to the recently released Cloyne Report, a study that found the Diocese of Cloyne failed to report nine cases of sexual abuse between the years 1996 and 2005. [Nooo.. the Cloyne Report was just the occasion. The true intention is to intimidate the Church into silence on moral issues, such as abortion.]
Fr. Flannery predicted lawmakers would be “more calm and reasoned about all this” after a few months have passed.
But he made clear that “if this does come to law – which I do not expect – priests will resist it strongly.”
Too much Flannery, not enough reporting.
How about more reporting on this.
In the meantime, remember that this is not at this moment about sexual abuse of children. Sexual abuse of children is merely the excuse. The real agenda is to silence the Church’s moral teaching.
Good luck Ireland.
Unless you do what the Holy Father proposed in his letter, you are done for.