Con­fes­sion breach gets fast ac­tion

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - DARYL PASSMORE

A CATHOLIC priest ex­com­mu­ni­cated for break­ing the se­crecy of the con­fes­sional has been treated more harshly than pe­dophiles in the church, his lawyer says.

Fr Ez­in­wanne Igbo, from the Stella Maris par­ish at Ma­roochy­dore on the Sun­shine Coast, has been pun­ished af­ter be­ing found to have breached canon­i­cal law.

But his lawyer Terry Boyce said the priest had been de­nied jus­tice dur­ing the process and the church’s re­sponse was in stark con­trast to its han­dling of child abuse cases.

“The ex­com­mu­ni­ca­tion of a pe­dophile priest usu­ally takes two to three years, if it hap­pens at all,” he said. “Fr Igbo has been ex­com­mu­ni­cated in a mat­ter of weeks.”

Fr Igbo now in­tends to ap­peal the de­ci­sion to the Apos­tolic Sig­natura, the church’s high­est ju­di­cial au­thor­ity apart from the Pope him­self.

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