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Cardinal defends confessional seal against proposed violation

A legislative proposal that would require priests in Maryland in the USA to report suspected child abuse would violate the seal of the confessional, warns Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

"If this bill were to pass, I shall instruct all priests in the Archdiocese of Washington who serve in Maryland to ignore it," he wrote in the Catholic Standard, the Washington Post reported.

The bill would require a priest to report any information about child abuse obtained in the confessional unless it was a direct admission from the perpetrator, the Post said. Some legal experts doubt the bill is constitutional.


Some Things One Cannot Do (Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in The Catholic Standard) (will be archived here)
McCarrick Decries Md. Child Abuse Bill (Washington Post)
Will State Legislatures Stand Up to the Catholic Church, and Pass Strong Anti-Child Abuse Laws? Maryland's Example Suggests It Will Be A Tough Fight (FindLaw Legal Commentary)
Archdiocese of Washington | Cardinal McCarrick

25 Feb 2003