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Obtersus t1_j859hg6 wrote

For those that didn't read it, the bills are attempting to add clergy to the list of mandatory reporters. The argument against it focuses specifically on confessionals. They (clergy) want confessionals to not be counted for mandatory reporting. That's the exception they want.


Kickstand8604 t1_j873dfb wrote

That ain't gonna happen. "But he said that in confessional, so it doesn't count" WA gov: well shit, why don't you say 5 hail Marys and pay us 30 grand


Obtersus t1_j879kis wrote

Yeah, it's interesting because if you were actually repenting a sin, you'd submit to the authorities and admit your guilt and deal with the punishment. The Bible is very clear on doing that. Not sure why they want an exception, to be honest. Either the confessor isn't actually trying to make themselves right with God and it doesn't matter if they confess or not, or they would willing submit themselves and it wouldn't matter if the clergy were mandatory reporters.