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English cardinal: Priests would die rather than break seal of confession

MANCHESTER  -- Catholic priests would die rather than break the seal of confession to report child abusers to the police, said an English cardinal. Cardinal...

Australian states to have priests report abuse disclosed in confession

SYDNEY — The Australian states of Victoria and Tasmania have become the latest in the country to pass legislation criminalizing priests who fail to...

Pope Francis affirms seal of confession must be kept with ‘no...

VATICAN CITY -- In the light of "a worrying negative prejudice" against the Catholic Church, Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document affirming...

Seal of confession vs. effort to identify sex abusers clash in...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- When Catholic clergy, penitents, theologians and canon lawyers look at the wording in a California state bill that would compel a...

California ‘confession bill’ viewed as violation of religious liberty

LOS ANGELES — A bill making its way through the California Legislature would make the state the first since 1999 to require priests to...

Chilean bishops fear new measure would enforce breaking confession seal

VATICAN CITY — Chilean bishops said that while they support legislation requiring priests and religious authorities to report crimes, they also fear that an...

Absolute seal of confession continues after a penitent dies, Vatican officials...

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — The secrecy of a confession is maintained so seriously and completely by the Catholic Church that a priest would...

Seal of confession is absolute, even after penitent dies, officials say

  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — The secrecy of a confession is maintained so seriously and completely by the Catholic Church that a priest would...

Louisiana court may compel priest to break seal of confession

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the...

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