Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting


In 33 states clergy are exempt from laws requiring other professionals like teachers and physicians to report information about alleged child abuse For example a recent AP investigation found that a Mormon bishop in Arizona failed to report a church member who had confessed to abuse Court documents revealed that a church lawyer had advised the bishop not to report the alleged abuse to civil authorities because of Arizona's clergy privilege law Over two decades state lawmakers have proposed more than 130 bills that would amend child sex abuse reporting laws to include clergy But they failed due to opposition from religious groups I'm Walter ratliff

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