Freethinking atheist Brendan O’Neill says: State should keep its nose out of Catholic Church’s confession boxes

The state should keep its nose out of the Catholic Church’s confession boxes

We already live in a world where CCTV cameras film our every move and where politicians constantly call for greater and earlier intervention into family life.  Every private institution is being invaded by a paranoid, jealous state.  Now, one of the few remaining dark spaces where men and women – at least of the Catholic variety – are free to speak from the hearts is having its doors rattled by the nosey elite.  It is further proof that privacy counts for nothing today, and that freedom of religion doesn’t count for much either.


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