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Calls to end priests' confessional silence on abuse

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Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said on Wednesday it was "abhorrent" for priests not to report paedophilic acts revealed in the confessional, and urged Australia's child sex inquiry to investigate the issue. 

Photo illustration of Catholic clergy attending a Mass. Australia's Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has said it is "abhorrent" for priests not to report paedophilic acts revealed in the confessional, and urged the new child sex inquiry to investigate the issue.

Australia has announced a royal commission into how religious organisations, not-for-profit bodies, state agencies, schools and police have responded to child sex abuse in a wide-ranging inquiry set to take years.

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