The Catholic church in Australia has refused a recommendation that requires priests to report child abuses revealed during confessions.
The five-year inquiry, which led to the above recommendation, had found that many children had experienced abuses in various institutions, including the Catholic church.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has said that agreeing to reveal above information is contrary to its faith.
The Royal Commission Inquiry, the inquiry which led to the aforesaid recommendation, heard over 8000 statements on abuses in various settings. This commission, in its final report, had made over 400 recommendations. The commissioner has recommended that Catholic priests should be prosecuted if they fail to report child abuses revealed during confessions.