Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sealing your fate

Australian priests could be forced to breach seal of the confessional - Telegraph:

Break the seal for one reason today,
now deemed to be a morally inviolable issue by the liberal state and its current ethical fashions,
--why not rape? murder?---
and you have no grounds for resisting another tomorrow.

The State can say or do what it likes but this will not happen. As if the Prime Minister of Australia were some kind of special moral authority...

And in any case, how would it be enforced?

Just to clarify, in Roman Catholicism, no reason exists which justifies revealing what a penitent tells a confessor, unless the penitent gives permission. This only covers sacramental confession, not counseling.

The Code of Canon Law:
Can. 983 §1 The sacramental seal is inviolable. Accordingly, it is absolutely wrong for a confessor in any way to betray the penitent, for any reason whatsoever, whether by word or in any other fashion.
Can. 984 §1 The confessor is wholly forbidden to use knowledge acquired in confession to the detriment of the penitent, even when all danger of disclosure is excluded.

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