Judges, prosecutors, the president of a nation enjoy privileges of immunity. Doctors, lawyers enjoy the privilege of confidentiality. -And so does the church.
Should judges be punished? How about prosecutors? Not unless the legislation changes.
Should a lawyer be compelled to turn in their client? If that ever happened.......
I saw a warning sign at a doctor's office stating that he would notify authorities if he found that a child was being sexually abused. A foxy custodian would never take his child to a doctor if he knew he was going to be turned in.
How many innocent people have gone to jail for decades, falsely accused, prosecuted and convicted for sex crimes they never committed. How many innocent people have been executed. No accountability.
In Family Court proceedings, it is the easiest thing to do and the clever thing to do, to falsely accuse a spouse of child abuse. The Family Court policy (I have heard) is that "it is better to err on the side of safety" so an innocent person suffers for the rest of his life. I have heard that In cases when the child becomes an adult and later reveals that he was never abused, nothing happens. -But that is a rare scenario when the truth is revealed- because the adult child loves the custodial parent and would never betray her.
What I think everyone is saying here is that EVERY "guilty" person should be punished severely. No privileges for anyone, no confidentiality for anyone. No defense for the "guilty", no freedom.
Why go to church if there is a risk of being turned in. A lot of sins are crimes. NO one would ever confess their sins for spiritual reasons. IF the church has to work with the authorities, one cannot trust the church. Also, why go to a lawyer or a doctor if they would turn you in? OR should ONLY the church be targeted?