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Archbishop prepared to risk jail rather than comply with confession law

The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne says he is prepared to go to jail in defiance of a new law forcing priests to reveal to authorities admissions of child sexual abuse made during confession.

Religious leaders could be imprisoned for up to three years for refusing to comply with the planned legislation, being introduced into Parliament by the Andrews government on Wednesday.

“Personally, I would keep the seal,” Archbishop Peter Comensoli said when asked on ABC radio if he would report an admission of child sexual abuse made during confession to authorities.

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