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A note to confessors about confessions and keeping your voices QUIET

I have had some encouraging email lately about people returning to the Sacrament of Penance after a long period.  This sort of news makes continuing this blog worth the labor.
Also, some people send concerns about the way the sacrament is … Continue reading

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The most important thing I will ever write on this blog

This is the most important thing I will ever write on this blog. If I get nothing else through to any reader here, long-time visitor or new, I would want it to be this.
There is no sin that we … Continue reading

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UOMs UNITE!

His Hermeneuticalness Fr. Tim Finigan has a good explanation of the Seal of Confession over at his excellent blog.  I’ll just drive you over there with this link: CLICK HERE NOW.
I was particularly pleased with Fr. Finigan’s post because he … Continue reading

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Ed Peters on attack on the Seal of Confession

The Canonical Defender, Prof. Ed Peters, canonist extraordinaire, has on his blog In The Light Of The Law, …

A note on proposals to require priests to violate the seal of confession
Concerning recent Irish and Australian proposals to require priests who, … Continue reading

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Australia: A bill to force priests to break the Seal of Confession

After I posted the story on a legislative attempt in Ireland to force priests to break the Seal of Confession, I had a few emails suggesting that I was panicking, that such a thing would never happen, that this was … Continue reading

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Ireland: Law proposed to force priests to break the Seal of Confession

Biretta tips to Fr. Blake and to Sancte Pater who lead me to this story at The Irish Catholic and elsewhere.
Government proposal to break the seal of confession is without precedent
Thu, 14/07/2011 – 15:34
The Taoiseach, the Minister for Justice and … Continue reading

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Priest fired for porn may have protected Seal of Confession

Remember the movie I Confess?  A priest’s nightmare.  A murder confesses to a priest and then frames the priest with the murder.
I saw this on Catholic World News:
A priest who was fired from his teaching post at a Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: does the Seal of confession apply also to the penitent?

From a reader:
Except when he translates for or overhears another person’s confession, is a layman ever bound–like the priest–by the seal of Confession, such that he cannot mention either what he confessed or what he was told?  I was not … Continue reading

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A case about violation of the Seal of Confession in the press

From the 1983 Code of Canon law 983 §1
The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner and for any reason.
If a priest … Continue reading

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Card. Castrillon praised that French bishop. Why? Something missing from the reporting?

Something has been bothering me in the now viral news story about the letter His Eminence Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos wrote to the French Bishop Pierre Pican.
You know the facts of the situation.
A French priest Fr. Rene Bissey was a … Continue reading

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