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.