➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway
US: Clergy Child Abuse Reporting Laws Uneven, Leave Loopholes
Stateline – January 24, 2019
Like attorney-client privilege, private discussions between clergy and penitents are considered by many religions to be sacrosanct. This is especially true in Catholicism, in which parishioners confess their sins to a priest and ask forgiveness. Only New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia specifically deny the clergy-penitent privilege in child abuse cases, according to HHS.