Whistle blower legislation that was introduced to protect the employees as well as the public has holes punched through it by the Corporate law groups. The Corporate lobby groups have also obtained other Congressional and legal advantages over the years. The whistle blowers legislation has been rendered a legal straw man and almost impotent.
In almost all whislte blower cases, the actual employee loses their job and cannot enter the same industry again - even with another competitive corporation. THe famous chemist who blew the whistle on the tobacco industry that was using additives such as Ammonia in their cigaretts so as to provider the smoker with a quicker uptake of nicotine (making their cigaretts more addictive) didnt work in the undustry again, received death threats etc. In fact he was a leading industrial chemist in the USA and couldnt even get a another job as a Chemist in any corporate sector - he had to resort to teaching, which he still does.
The Aviation maintenance worker who blew the whislte on shoddy maintenance practices also didnt work in the Aviation industry again. The airline was fined for causing an accident whereby deveral hundred poeple were killed.
Legally psychologists and therapists are required to report information to the authorities if one of their patients provides information concerning illegal practices, murders etc.
The issue I see here, is a simple one.
You cant have Chruch groups and Religious organisations farbicating their own legal structures and making up their own laws. The separation if church and state does not mean the Church has legal immunity or can makes up its own rules.
The bottom line is that a priest can be called into call to restify and they can do what the tobacco company CEOs did - plead the 5th amendment.
I know there are legal moves to make the circumcision of babies and children illegal or classed as child abuse whereby the parents and any doctor or rabbi involved can be charged. Is this religious freedom of expression or child abuse and genital mutilation? Who decides if the person is a baby or child and must undergo this procedure?
In this situation I don't think a priest will be allowed to take the 5th. The pross will grant immunity and the judge will force the testimony and if the priest persists, send him to jail.
I imagine priests have discussions about confessions (not the who but the what) among themselves and there are generally accepted guidelines for what to do/say when certain situations come up.
The morality of abortion is not a religious belief, any more than the morality of slavery, apartheid, rape, larceny, murder or arson is a religious belief. These are norms of the natural law of mankind and can be legislated even in a completely religionless society.
It's not the job of lawyers to decide guilt or innocence, it's their job to provide the best possible defense, within the confines of the law, for their client. It's up to the jury to decide anything else.
Jurors jobs are not to claim innocence for the accused, it's to judge whether or not the state has provided evidence necessary for a guilty verdict and if they don't, not guilty. Innocence is not a question.
It seems to me your issue is that sometimes the guilty go free. Happens every day. Welcome to life.