Kent Larsen linked to this article about our continued reliance on unpaid local clergy. It includes the following bit on a particular bishop:
When Rands was asked by the Fountain stake president to become a ward bishop, he knew he’d face a conflict of interest with his job as a Fourth Judicial District deputy district attorney. As bishop, Rands would be hearing confessions from ward members, but as a deputy DA, he was sworn to report knowledge of a crime. So if someone confessed a crime to him, Rands would be obligated to report it to authorities.
Rands resolved the conflict by resigning from the DA’s office. He became 18th Ward bishop in April. To make ends meet, he opened his own law practice.
I’d never thought about this before. Is this really an unresolvable conflict? Do we not have any prosecutors as bishops? What about cops? Judges?