Sex abuse and the seal of the confessional

Australian priests and a bishop have said they would go to jail rather than break the seal of confession to report a person confessing to child sexual abuse. Kieran Tapsell says the issue can resolved with a change to canon law.


On abuse: Francis yet to make critical clerical changes

NCR's recent editorial rightly cites the all-male clerical culture as a key factor in sex abuse, but it fails to point out Pope Francis' inaction.

Vatican abuse commission expresses frustration to Australian panel

NCR Today: Days before Marie Collins' resignation, three members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors testified about resistance in Rome before the Australian Royal Commission.

Church laws may justify calls for French cardinal's resignation

Examining The Crisis: The calls for Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's resignation or sacking raise the issue of how he breached canon law.