On Friday Dec. 15 an Australian commission assigned to investigate child sexual abuse recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional.
America has been writing on the issues relating to the commission’s recommendations for a number of years, and has argued strongly against any infringement on the seal of the confessional and attempts to link sexual abuse and celibacy. Here’s a guide to our news and analysis on the Australian sexual abuse crisis, priestly celibacy and the seal of confession.
Sexual Abuse Crisis in Australia
Cardinal Pell professes innocence on sex abuse charges, by Gerard O’Connell
Cardinal Pell faces charges of sex abuse—and angry protesters—at court in Australia, by Trevor Marshallsea - Associated Press
It’s not about celibacy: Blaming the wrong thing for sexual abuse in the church, by James Martin, S.J.