Catholic Priests Oppose ‘Report Pedophilia’ Bill in Ireland

Claire O’Sullivan and Ann Cahill write in the Irish Examiner:

Justice Minister Alan Shatter reiterated that everyone, including priests, were obliged to report child sex abuse and other offences, including white collar crime, to the gardaí, even if they hear about it in the confessional.

The minister described the issue as a media obsession and said priests had been obliged to provide gardaí with information about a whole series of crimes since the 1998 Offences Against the State Amendment Act.

Nobody had raised any question about this or the 2011 Criminal Justice Act that placed the same obligation on the whole community, including priests, to assist gardaí with information.

The confessional was a diversion from the real issue, which had nothing to do with the confessional but with the fact that sexual abuse of children by clergy had been known about by religious orders and leaders as a result of parents, victims and others telling them, outside of the confessional.

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  • Leachpunk

    priests don’t want to report pedophillia acts…. hmmm……………………….

    • Calypso_1

      Neither do college football programs. 

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I’m not sure these priests have much to worry about here.  As is pointed out later in the article, government’s austerity programmes have reduced anti-paedophilia efforts to the level of a sick, twisted joke.

    Austerity and Paedophilia, a true private sector partnership:  No child’s behind left.

    • Jin The Ninja

      there is no market like the free market.

  • SmokinTokinJokinBrit

    cant we just nuke everyone, hit the reset button, because fuck living in this world 

    • chinagreenelvis

      I’m guessing you’re the kind of guy who gets a spellcheck error and decides to delete the entire document.

    • NicePeopleSwallow

      Please do the rest of the world a favor and hit your own “reset button” if you are unable/unwilling to pitch in and change the things which will make this world a better place.  

      • Redacted

        Cool story bro

  • Redacted

    What do you expect from a religion whos god is an unrepentant rapist?

  • GoodDoktorBad

    “Mt 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

    Of course, now, the question should be to priests and clergy:

    How well can you tread water?

  • http://www.theblindgallery.com/ boise blinds

    This isn’t good. I don’t see why the can’t follow the law that everyone follows.