SA Catholics unaware of new confession law

June 14, 2018

SA Attorney-General Vickie Chapman is urging other states to compel clergy to report child abuse.

South Australian priests hearing confessions about child abuse will have a mandatory obligation from October to report the matter to police.

SA will become the first state to adopt the recommendation of the abuse royal commission, meaning priests face the prospect of criminal charges for failing to report child abuse revealed in confession.

"For many years priests and ministers have been obliged to report outside of confessional and we changed the law last year to be effective first of October," Attorney-General Vickie Chapman told ABC radio on Thursday.

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