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The conflict between the rules of the church on the confidentiality of confessions and mandatory reporting laws is not a new issue. Shutterstock

Breaking the silence: why priests should be made to report child abuse revealed in confession

One of the most controversial recommendations from the Royal Commission is that child abuse disclosed in confession should be mandatorily reported. But the matter is more complex than it might appear.
Children listen to speakers during an immigration family separation protest in Phoenix, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Trump’s act of state terrorism against children

Donald Trump's policy to separate children from their migrant parents lays bare his fascism. The time has come for Americans to resist this act of domestic terrorism.
Physician Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for the sexual assault of girls on the USA Gymnastics team. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

What’s the difference between sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape?

These terms are often used interchangeably by the public, and though the concepts are overlapping, there are important distinctions.
In this 2008 photo, Liam Gallagher of Oasis performs during a concert in Los Angeles. Noel is seen on the screen behind him. The brothers have a notoriously dysfunctional relationship. Could their father’s documented abuse of their mother explain the animosity? (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The Oasis brothers: Father’s abuse explains feud, resilience could end it

The famous feuding Gallagher brothers of the rock band Oasis illustrate what research shows: Kids who grow up in homes where there is domestic violence often grow up to have troubled relationships.

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