A little girl was violated by someone. She went to Confession. She told her parents and they filed suit against the Church and a Priest, Father Bayhi to make him break the seal and defend himself against charges of being accomplice to the acts because of his silence. While my heart breaks for those whose lives were devastated by what happened, the perp isn’t the Priest and the Louisiana Supreme Court is way out of line. The Zenit article contains the Diocese’s response. I’ve quoted the part of the Diocese’s Response that impresses me the most:
"The position of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Fr. Bayhi is that the Supreme Court of Louisiana has run afoul of the constitutional rights of both the Church and the priest, more particularly, has violated the Establishment Clause and the separation of Church and State under the first amendment. For a civil court to impinge upon the freedom of religion is a clear violation and the matter will be taken to the highest court in the land by the Church in order to protect its free exercise of religion. "