On Monday, July 8, Senator Jerry Hill withdrew SB 360, just hours before its hearing. Thanks to the grassroots efforts within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and from Catholics and other faith leaders throughout the state, the bill cannot be re=introduced this year. “This is a sign of the great faith and vitality of our Catholic community and the importance of confession to our religious identity and practice,” Archbishop Gomez said in a statement on July 8.
Read more about this incredible victory for religious liberty and the Sacrament of Confession here.
For parish resources, prayers and to take action, visit KeepTheSeal.com.
The recent vote by the California Senate to require priests to violate the seal of the confessional under certain circumstances when it comes to child sexual abuse is the latest salvo in a slowly spreading campaign in Australia, in Chile and now in the United States.
Catholic News Service has released a seven-part video series on the battle over the seal. It is accompanied by a series of print stories and photos put together during a monthlong investigation by multimedia editor Chaz Muth. Powerfully told, the project provides Catholics with a moving overview of the issues as well as a historical perspective on why protecting the seal is so important for the Church.
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