Catholic priests in Ireland are prepared to “strongly” resist a proposed law that would require them to disclose information learned in confession. The legislation, proposed by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, would put priests in jail for up to five years if they failed to tell authorities about sexual abuse crimes disclosed during confession.

However, as Father Tony Flannery from the Association of Catholic Priests states, “If even one exception was made to the seal of Confession, then the whole Sacrament would collapse. The truth of faith that this Sacrament is meant to convey is central to Christian teaching.” Visit Catholic News Agency to read more.

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