We must raise $1,008 by March 31st to pay critical bills. Essential to continue our mission. Donate now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Irish woman's complaint illustrates confusion about confessional seal

Catholic World News - August 31, 2011

An Irish woman who says that she was abused by a priest in a confessional has told reporters that she feels "hurt" by the statements of priests who insist that they would never violate the secrecy of the confessional.

The woman's complaint, which has earned some coverage in the Irish media, illustrates the profound confusion over the meaning of the confessional seal. The seal does not protect priests from misbehavior in the confessional; it only protects penitents from having their sins revealed to the public.

A proposal by the Irish government, which would require priests to disclose confessions of sexual abuse, would have no effect at all on outrages such as the one the woman recalls enduring as a child.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our March expenses ($1,008 to go):
$35,000.00 $33,991.96
3% 97%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Insights on the enigma that is Pope Francis 17 hours ago
Our Most Characteristic Vice? 17 hours ago
Recognizing the Noonday Devil 18 hours ago
Patricia Jannuzzi on gay activists: And the real problem is? 21 hours ago
Surrogate parenthood = exploitation of desperate women 23 hours ago

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope announces Jubilee: a Year of Mercy CWN - March 13