Louisiana supreme court rules that priests don’t have to report evidence of child abuse to police

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Laws that require people to report evidence of child abuse or neglect are standard in almost every U.S. state.

But thanks to a Louisiana judge, priests in the state are now exempt from that law. In other words, if a child confides with a priest in a confessional booth about any form of abuse, the priest is not obligated to say anything.

Prompting the ruling was a case from 2014 when 14-year-old Rebecca Mayeaux confided in Catholic priest Jeff Bayhi that she was being molested by a 64-year-old man who was a member of their congregation.

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