SUGGESTED MESSAGING IN RELATION TO SB 360
The State Legislature is considering a bill to regulate the Sacrament of Penance and force priests to break the Seal of Confession. It would make the same demands on similar religious practices by other faiths and denominations in California.
It is a bad bill.
The bill is referred to as SB 360 by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo). The motivation for the bill is noble, to uncover and stop the abuse of children, but under certain circumstances, SB 360 would make it a crime if a priest heard the confession of a child abuse victim or a child abuser and failed to break the Seal of Confession to report what they heard in the Confessional to law enforcement. MORE