A case in the Arizona Supreme Court challenges the long-held sanctity of confessions being privileged communications. The lawsuit, brought by the children of a sexual abuser, weighs the rights of victims vs. the absolute privilege of confession. They say, in cases of sexual abuse, clergy should be compelled to report to law enforcement. A decision is pending.
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