Johnny brought my attention to this article. "Priest can't be prosecuted for failing to report abuse" in the Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper.
A young father sexually mollested his two year old daughter. Being the good christian man that he was, he confessed his sin to his priest.
"Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. I touched my little girl in her private place. I made her put her hand on my naughty place. She's only two Father, what should I do?"
"My son...Jesus died on the cross to forgive you for all your sins. No sin is so great that it cannot be washed away by the blood of the Lamb. Please...I can see how troubled you are by this, my son. Bring your family and move in with me for a short time. And I will help you and yours towards righteousness."
After the Priest entertained the little girl, her father and her mother in his home for a short time, he declared them ready to return to their own home.
I wonder if Father O'Feely got in a diddle or two while the child was enduring his hospitality?
Now two years later, the father has turned himself in at the police station.
"Can I help you?"
"Yes. My daughter, she's four now, cute as a button she is. Anyway, I... well you see officer... I touched her twinky. I like touching her twinky. It makes me feel glittery. Is that wrong of me? I talked to my priest about it and we spent a few weeks at a retreat at his house and then he sent me home. But I'm starting to not feel so right with god about this anymore. What should I do?"
That priest did nothing about the abuse. He told no one. He offered no real intervention. He stood aside and allowed it to continue. By sanctioning the father's behavior, he is guilty and should be prosecuted fully.
By not requiring a priest to report sexual abuse the church proclaims to one and all that the sanctity of the confessional is more important than a child's life.
Big surprise coming from a religion that absolves the sinner of all personal responsibility for their sins.
"Go my son and sin no more. But if you do sin, you know where to find me. And bring your daughter around with you next time."