Random musing: Clergy-Penitent Privilege

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    Oct 21, 2013 11:25 AM GMT
    So I'm super curious. This was a random thought tonight that popped up in my head, and I think it's an interesting question.

    Suppose you did something legally very criminal and likely also very heinous on general moral grounds (e.g. rape, murder, child abuse, treason, etc.) If you were Catholic or something and went to confessional and told a clergyperson what you did, would/can they report you to the police? Like if the clergy didn't report it, would they be held liable for withholding information? Seriously, how does that work? icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 21, 2013 11:31 AM GMT
    In Australia, having googled

    http://www.news.com.au/national-news/victoria/confessional-box-no-place-to-catch-criminals-says-ted-baillieu/story-fndo4cq1-1226429410054

    "PREMIER Ted Baillieu has backed the right of priests to keep private what is said in the confessional. The Herald Sun revealed that a parliamentary committee would consider forcing priests to reveal reports of abuse heard during confession."