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Catholics in Victoria fear for confessional

Last month, the Catholic Church rejected the royal commission’s recommendation that the seal of confession should not apply to revelations of abuse. In Victoria, failure to report abuse will soon be a crime, with clergy facing up to three years in prison. Some Catholics fear that a time-honoured sacrament is at risk, but are those fears justified? Benjamin Silvester reports.

Video by Benjamin Silvester


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THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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