UNITED NATIONS, Aug 18 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After intense negotiations by the Vatican, the proposed International Criminal Court has conceded Catholic priests their traditional immunity from having to reveal information received in confessions. Much to the chagrin of Canada which proposed the violation of the ancient Catholic sacramental “seal” of confession and over the objections of France, the ICC draft document now includes the phrase: “The court shall recognise as privileged the communications made in the context of a sacred confession when it is an integral part of the practice of that religion.”
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MELBOURNE, Australia, May 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Australian Cardinal George Pell faces two trials within months on charges of alleged past sexual abuse after a magistrate ruled earlier this week there was sufficient evidence against him, the Irish Times has reported.
Melbourne Magistrate Belinda Wallington threw out half the charges against Pell, including the most serious, but concluded after a month-long preliminary hearing the 76-year-old cardinal should be tried by jury on “multiple” charges.
The most senior Catholic cleric to face trial on such allegations, Pell has been on leave from his post as Vatican treasurer since being charged last June.
Pell pleaded […]