Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart stands by confessional despite abuse recommendationsThe Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne has stood by the church’s stance [good grief] on keeping information on abuse gained through the confessional secret, despite a Victorian Parliamentary inquiry recommending withholding information relating to child abuse be criminalised. [In other words, they want to criminalize protecting the Seal of Confession.]
Denis Hart says he supports all 15 recommendations made by the inquiry into institutional child abuse, but he will not commit to implementing them in full.
Archbishop Hart was speaking to the media hours after a parliamentary committee tabled recommendations that would criminalise the withholding of information relating to child abuse.
There is no exception within the recommendations for keeping information gained through the confessional secret, but the document does point out that evidence gathered in the confessional would be exempted under the existing evidence act.
“The confessional in the Catholic Church is sacrosanct,” Archbishop Hart said.
Expect more of this in the future.