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Archbp. Hart (Archd. Melbourne) fights for the Seal of Confession against anti-Catholic statists

From ABC: Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart stands by confessional despite abuse recommendationsThe Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne has stood by the church’s stance [good grief] on keeping information on abuse gained through the confessional secret, despite a Victorian Parliamentary inquiry recommending withholding … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Confession – interpreters, eavesdroppers, secrecy and you

From a reader: Father, I spend a lot of time in Finland which has Europe’s smallest Catholic Church, [not to mention one of Europe’s oddest languages…] both in terms of absolute numbers and in terms of percentage of the population. … Read More

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Retired Australian Bp. Robinson says he would break Seal of Confession, trashes Card. Pell

This, from UCANEWS make me angry: Pell does not speak for the whole Church says retired bishop The retired bishop, Geoffrey Robinson, says he would be prepared to break the seal of confession in order to report sexual abuse.  [?!?] … Read More

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POLL ALERT! Australia: Legal efforts to force priests to break Seal of Confession!

For POLL info, read to the bottom. From Australian news.com.au Priests could be ordered to report confessions of sex abuse to police Ashley Gardiner Herald Sun July 18, 2012 12:00AM HUNDREDS of years of Catholic tradition in the confessional could … Read More

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QUAERITUR: A regular confessor, anonymity and the Seal

From a reader: I make frequent use of the Sacrament of Penance and have a regular confessor. It’s always “anonymous,” but not anonymous. It’s awkward. The priest knows it’s me, but when he’s giving counsel he gets caught up on trying come up … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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Internal forum/confession and reporting crimes to the state

My friend Fr. Ray Blake, parish priest in Brighton at St. Mary Magdalen has a very good entry on his blog.  To a degree it represents also some of my own reflections in the last few days. Let’s have a … Read More

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Priest/penitent privilege and a state’s violation of the Seal

From ZENIT comes this about an attack on the Sacrament of Penance and the privilege of priests not to be forced by law to reveal confessions. This is an interview.  My emphases and comments. Seal of Confession Goes on Trial … Read More

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