Protecting seal of confession called essential for civilized society

SALEM, Ore. (CNS) — When Ethan K. Alano walks into the reconciliation room at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem, he bares his soul before God and goes into detail about his sins during confession. Alano’s trust in the priest is solid. He is certain that anything he says …

Priestly martyrdom to uphold seal of confession not a new phenomenon

By Chaz Muth (via Catholic News Service) NEW YORK (CNS) — A symbol of the historical commitment priests have to the seal of confession greets people as they cross the threshold of a Catholic church in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Above the door is a stone-carved image of St. John …

California bill aims to protect children by breaking seal of confession

By Chaz Muth (via Catholic News Service) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) — When Catholic clergy, penitents, theologians and canon lawyers look at the wording in a California state bill that would compel a priest to reveal what’s heard during confession if there is a suspicion of child sexual abuse, they see …

Challenges to seal of confession attributed to clergy sex abuse scandals

By Chaz Muth (via Catholic News Service) WASHINGTON (CNS) — For centuries, the Catholic Church has maintained that what a penitent says to a priest in the confessional is strictly confidential, but in 2019 that rite continues to be challenged by governments. Church scholars assert the concept of the seal …