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# Mandatory reporting

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# Mandatory reporting
Concern over court ruling on reporting requirements for historical sexual abuse
There is a fear it may put pressure on adult survivors in certain cases.
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# Mandatory reporting
Catholic leaders in Australia reject calls for priests to disclose abuses told during confession
The Catholic Bishops Conference said making it a requirement to report what was said in confession impinged on religious liberties.
# martyn turner
'Regrettable editorial lapse': Irish Times apologises for controversial priest cartoon
The paper said that cartoonists Martyn Turner took a “unjustified side-swipe at all priests”.
# Child Abuse
No exceptions for priests in child abuse legislation
Catholic confession will not get special treatment in new laws over reporting child abuse, the government has confirmed.
# Confession
Shatter insists mandatory reporting will apply to priests despite Cardinal's comments
Cardinal Seán Brady has said that the seal of the confession is inviolable and that any attempt to undermine it is a challenge to the right of Catholics to freedom of religion.