LET’S show some objectivity in the debate about priests hearing confessions.
If priests are bound by law to report any confessions that break the law, people will simply not confess them.
A confession implies acknowledgment and ipso facto a desire to change.
Think of Alcoholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, etc, where the first step is to acknowledge the problem. Then assistance can begin. Would it not be better for a person who has committed a