In the article, “Catholic church’s “pontifical secret” stops disclosure of sex abuse allegations, expert says”, the areas of knowing, ethics and religious knowledge systems can be compared and contrasted. Religious knowledge systems are the beliefs which followers of different religions held. Many of these people think that by believing in something superior, many answers of life meaning and purpose, will be answered. Nevertheless, religions have rules which are not always followed, in the article case, the rule of not telling the authorities about child sex abuse allegations. This rule can be ethic more some people and unethical to others, since ethics is what people think is right and what is wrong, nevertheless, everyone does not have the same perspectives and opinions. These law can be seen as unethical, as a crime such as child sex abuse is extremely serious, and not telling the truth about who committed it, is against the law and can hurt many people. People against this law, can be mostly from other religions apart catholicism, such as jews and muslims and people who do not belief in God, so their actions do not depend on what is written in the bible, neither the church laws. People who think the canon law is ethical, are mostly catholics, who have the perspectives of right and wrong, towards the bible and act according to what it says and what the church says. Despite all this canon law, many church leaders do not follow it, regardless their belief in God, they might think it is unethical to keep such a secret. Nevertheless, the article mentions that some lawyers say there is no such law about not being able to tell the police of a child abuser, but it is not totally sure. From this different perspectives, the question: To what extent religious laws can be seen as ethical?, can be created
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Knaus, C. (2017). Catholic church’s ‘pontifical secret’ stops disclosure of sex abuse allegations, expert says. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/feb/09/catholic-churchs-pontifical-secret-stops-disclosure-of-sex-abuse-allegations-expert-says [Accessed 2 Mar. 2017].