No First Confessions as the Solution to Clergy Sexual Abuse?

In the wake of sex abuse scandals in the German Archdiocese of Freiburg, a commission has called for children not to be admitted to Confession prior to First Communion. Instead, their report asserts, the sacrament should be delayed until before Confirmation. In Freiburg-im-Breisgau, that usually means age 15-16. The “theological experts” say that children prior to First Communion—usually…

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