Priest-Penitent Privilege; Peter Mansell Deposition Excerpts
Religious Liberty Should Do No Harm
In the Name of Religion
When churches hide their criminality, their immorality, behind the First Amendment, we need to question whether they deserve these protections. When a defendant can confess to a crime for penitence while not taking responsibility for the crime, we need to question whether a moral boundary line has been crossed.
Are these special church protections outdated? Shouldn’t they be changed to protect the public?
Larry Brennan; Declaration about the Confidentiality of Auditing and Ethics Folders
Conflicting accounts of Denise Miscavige Gentile and Thomas Brennan’s relationship, i.e., his statement that she was his chaplain, the subsequent denial of such a relationship, and the eventual use of the “Priest–Penitent privilege of Florida Statute 90.505.
Why would the Church release one “Knowledge Report” and claim priest-penitent privilege for all the others? The answer lies within the first paragraph of this shoddy work of fiction: “On Friday, Feb 16, 2007, Denise [Miscavige Gentile] received a phone call at 12 midnight from Tom Brennan that his son had committed suicide. Tom had been over [to our house after] his work just before that and had left at 11:50 PM. Denise and I immediately left the house and arrived at the Coachman [Building] parking lot at approximately 12:10 am, Feb 17, 2007.” (The Coachman Building is close to Brennan’s apartment on Cleveland Street.)