I gave you the Form of Confession.<quoted text>
I am sure if a layperson went into the confessional told the priest he stole a bicycle and was sorry for doing so. The priest would instruct him that his sin cannot be forgiven until he rightfully returns the bike to the owner expressing he is sorry.
If a priest who molested a child went to confession and told the priest hearing his confession he had buggered a 12 year old boy, shouldn't the confessional priest should rightfully instruct the other priest that a crime has been committed and that he should turn himself into police so the criminal case can be solved and justice served even if that means going to jail?
If a layman came into the confessional told a priest he shot and killed someone, wouldn't the confessional priest instruct this man to turn himself into authorities, so the rightful killer could be found, or would the priest say.....just say 5 hail marys and 3 our fathers for your penance?
There has to be justice for serious crimes, not just popping into the confessional when sins stack up.......say your penance and leave.
I am sure if you were the parent of one of these child victims, you would want justice served? Just as I would.
I am sure many conversations were had amongs clergy regarding a rouge priest in their parish/diocese. If covering up his crime is what they did, than why would I trust the church to ever do the right thing?.........
The right thing..... Be responsible for your actions.
That's what happens. Nothing about having to make full restitution immediately or turn oneself into law-enforcement. I'm not saying that these individual situations cannot occur, but it's not the Form fo Confession.
It's a confessional, not an interrogation room.
Confessing your sin is being responsible. That's why Catholics have to do it. They don't simply state "that's between me and God.".