Pope Francis continues to enjoy great popularity in public opinion worldwide. But toward the Catholic Church the climate is much more hostile. There are growing attacks being carried out by governments and public institutions against what most distinguishes and identifies it on its own terrain, for instance the sacrament of confession.
In Australia, in the territory of the capital of Canberra, as of June the seal of the confessional can be prosecuted as criminal, if while administering the sacrament a priest finds out about the sexual abuse of minors and does not report it to the public authorities.
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