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Effort to eliminate clergy-penitent privilege dies amid anti-Catholic fears

An effort to eliminate clergy privilege and force religious leaders to report child abuse to legal authorities was unable to get enough votes to make it out of committee Tuesday after days of backroom drama. In Arizona, clergy are not mandated reporters and suspected child abuse or neglect isn’t exempted from that, even if it is ongoing. And religious leaders cannot be forced to testify in court about abuse a parishioner confessed to committing.... Read more»

Bill would eliminate clergy privilege, require reporting of child abuse

A new proposal in the Arizona Senate would eliminate the clergy-penitent privilege and require clergy in Arizona to report suspected child abuse, even if they learn of it during a confession. In Arizona, state law exempts a clergyman or priest from reporting abuse heard during a confession.... Read more»

National Guard, clergy team to help stop suicides

The Arizona National Guard is teaming with clergy and church members to help identify service members and veterans at risk for suicide and build relationships that help connect them with services.... Read more»