Associated Press exposé: Mormon bishop in Arizona contacted church's 24/7 hotline after a man confessed to raping his daughter. The bishop told federal investigators the advice he received, from church lawyers, was that he “absolutely can do nothing” and was prohibited by state law from reporting the abuse to police. The church would be wise to seek procedural reforms, erring not on the side of institutional self-preservation, but instead prioritizing the protection of the most vulnerable members of its community, children, the Mormon Church says. Church insists it regards abuse as inexcusable, encouraged reporting it to civil authorities, attacked AP’s “oversimplified and incomplete” characterization.
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