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To: wideawake

That doesn’t do much for the cause of justice or future crimes commited by that person, does it?

What would happen to a priest that reported a criminal act divulged to him in confession?


25 posted on 07/18/2012 9:06:48 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: stuartcr; wideawake

A priest who violates the seal of confession is subject to very severe ecclesiastical penalties. According to the Code of Canon Law, a priest who deliberately reveals a penitent’s sins and identity is subject to an automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication, which can be lifted only by the Apostolic See, i.e., the Pope (see canon 1388).


28 posted on 07/18/2012 9:16:48 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God." 1 Peter 4:17)
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To: stuartcr; Mrs. Don-o
What would happen to a priest that reported a criminal act divulged to him in confession?

On a career level, pretty much the same thing that would happen to a lawyer that reported a criminal act divulged to him in a privileged communication.

But this law allows defense attorneys professional prerogatives that it denies to clergy.

32 posted on 07/18/2012 9:25:00 AM PDT by wideawake
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