Carlos Felice, a 37-year-old Venezuelan living in Panama for five years, right, confesses to local Catholic priest Gabriel Agustin Guardia in an outdoor confessional, after exercising with his dog at Omar Park in Panama City, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Pope Francis will arrive later Wednesday for a five-day visit to the Central American country. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

California lawmakers threaten to break confidentiality of confession to find abusers

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(RNS) — The bill extends the debate over 'clergy-penitent privilege' provoked by similar provisions passed or considered in other states since at least 2002.