Clergy Abuse Reporting Requirements

matthew's picture

A man in New Zealand was excommunicated from the LDS church for indecent acts with one boy under age 12, and several others aged 12 to 16, including an act including a bull mastiff dog. The church excommunicated him without notifying law enforcement...

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4584766a11.html

Does a church have an obligation to report illegal activities disclosed in the confessional? Legally, in many US states, they do not:

http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/clergymand...

Ethically, however, should a clergyman be required to report known or suspected child abuse?

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Curtis's picture

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They absolutely should be required to report it. The needs of some foolish church or churches should not supplant the needs of society to deal with offenders

Curtis's picture

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Guess nobody is interested in this one

matthew's picture

The way of things...

That's the way of things around barnson.org lately. We haven't had any new people show up to stir things up in a long time :)

It's OK, I still blog about what I want to write about, keep the juices flowing. Twitter absorbs some of that, though, as does my technical writing for work.

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