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Continued: Louisiana ruling raises Catholic worries that it could breach sanctity of confession

  • Article by: MELINDA DESLATTE , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 10, 2014 - 4:40 PM

"I don't offhand know of another case like this. I think this kind of ruling is sort of made inevitable by decades and decades of church complicity in child sex abuse cases," said David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests.

Meanwhile, Catholics in Louisiana said a judge shouldn't be meddling in the confessional booth.

"It's a very difficult issue, but I believe in the sanctity of confession. And at the same time I feel greatly for the little girl," said Mark Spansel, 58, of New Orleans.

Manolito Martinez, maintenance supervisor at St. Patrick's Church in downtown New Orleans, said, "I was raised as a Catholic — that priests are the mediators between us and God. So whatever you confide in the priest remains with the priest."

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