What California's controversial new confessions bill means for Scientology - 2019-05-26
We've heard from a number of readers who were curious about how a controversial new bill working its way through the California legislature might affect the Church of Scientology.
California Senate Bill 360 would require Catholic priests to report other priests who admit to child sexual assault in confession. The bill's sponsors say this is a direct result of years of controversy over child rape in the Catholic church, and that priests should have to report to authorities just as doctors or school employees when they learn that a child is being harmed.
But the bill, which passed a Senate vote of 30-2 and now goes to California's Assembly, is generating loud opposition from Catholic officials who say it would destroy the sanctity of the confession, something priests have been willing to go to prison to protect. (Violating the new law would only be a misdemeanor.)