At Acton Commentary I discuss what I see as the problem with a bill proposed by the Democrats in the state legislator. The bill would require clergy to report any cases of child sexual abuse even if we learn about this in confession.

As I point out in the article:

As an Orthodox priest, I cannot accept any attempt by the state to re-define for its own purposes the nature of the sacrament of confession.

Bad as this is if this becomes law it will have the effect of punishing the innocent in “pursuit of the guilty.”

Finally, the proposed bill is on its face unconstitutional. The State has no right–no matter how noble the aim–to interfere in the sacramental ministry of the Church.

You can read the whole essay here: Wisconsin Democrats want to hear your confession | Acton Institute

In Christ,

+Fr Gregory