Christians Told Not to Confess Abuse to Clergy

Christians have been told not to report abuse during confession with Church of England priests because they will be obliged to tell the police despite the promise of secrecy.

The church’s canon law sets out that any information shared during confession must be kept secret, but priests have been told that they are duty bound to share this information if it “raises a concern about the wellbeing or safeguarding” of any individual.

The guidance, issued by the home diocese of the Archbishop of Canterbury, prompted controversy after an influential blogger who writes under the name Archbishop Cranmer claimed that the church had “abolished the seal of the confessional”.

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Source: The Times