Louisiana ruling on confession rankles Catholics - KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News

Louisiana ruling on confession rankles Catholics

Posted: Updated:
By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Catholics are decrying a recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision that reaches into the most sanctified of church places, the confessional booth.

The ruling revives a 2009 lawsuit that contends a priest should have reported allegations of sexual abuse disclosed to him during private confessions. It also opens the door for a judge to call the priest to testify about what he was told.

The lawsuit was filed by parents of a teen who says she told the priest about being kissed and fondled by a church parishioner.

If the priest were called to testify, Catholic groups say it could leave him choosing between prison and excommunication.

The Catholic diocese in Baton Rouge says the ruling violates constitutional separations between church and state and it will seek U.S. Supreme Court intervention.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

West Ferguson Street
Tyler, TX 75702

FCC Public File
publicfile@kltv.com
903-597-5588
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KLTV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.