Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday issued a release (which includes links to full text) announcing its publication of a report titled Criminal Justice. The report puts forward 85 recommendations for reforms aimed at providing fairer responses to victims of institutional child sexual abuse. Here is the Commission’s summary of its recommendations on disclosure of abuse learned by clergy during confessions:The report recommends making failure to report child sexual abuse in institutions a criminal offence. This recommendation extends to information given in religious confessions. Clergy should not be able to refuse to report because the information was received during confession.Persons in institutions should report if they know, suspect or should have suspected a child is being or has been sexually abused.The Royal Commission heard of cases in religious settings where perpetrators who made a religious confession to sexually abusing children went on to reoffend and seek forgiveness. The report recommends there be no exemption, excuse, protection or privilege from the offence granted to clergy for failing to report information disclosed in connection with a religious confession.AP reports on the Commission’s action.