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June 20, 2018

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Faith under Fire
Last Featured: 7/8/2002

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The nation was stunned to discover numerous cases of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The revelation that members of the Church hierarchy knew about the abuse and said nothing has policy makers and others calling for a panoply of regulations to protect children in faith-based child care centers and other programs. But can the government force clergy - Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and others - to report on conversations, counseling sessions, or confessions that have historically been off-limits? Religious freedom advocates caution against opening the door too wide and inviting the state to entangle itself in the workings of the nation’s churches, synagogues and mosques.

Father Robert J. Silva was ordained to the priesthood for service to the Diocese of Stockton, California in June of 1965. Educated in the San Francisco Catholic schools and at St. Patrick's Seminary, Father Silva has served as a pastor, high school teacher, professor and rector of the Cathedral of the diocese of Stockton. He presently serves as president of the National Federation of Priests' Councils.

Father Chris Coyne is the Media Spokesperson and the director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of Boston. Holding a Masters of Divinity from St. John's Seminary in Boston and a Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome, Rev. Coyne also serves as the Director of Pr-Theology Program at St. John's Seminary and the weekend priest at St. Edward Parish in Medfield, Massachusetts.

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"The Church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state."

— Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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