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Australian priests still bound by confessional seal, bishop says

June 15, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Despite a new law, Catholic priests in Australia remain bound by the absolute secrecy of the confession, Bishop Gregory O’Kelly said. Bishop O’Kelly—who earlier this month was named apostolic administrator of the Adelaide archdiocese, after Archbishop Philip Wilson was found guilty of failing to report abuse—said that the confessional seal, imposed by the nature of the sacrament, “does not change by the law of politicians.”

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  • Posted by: Acolyte - Jun. 15, 2018 4:58 PM ET USA

    Amen! The seal of the confessional is absolute. Priests cannot violate that seal. Excommunication is immediate by Canon Law for violators. Human law cannot compel a priest to violate this sacrament. Non-Catholics cannot appreciate the privacy Confession has on those who confess their sins.