Delaware diocese: confessional seal is not negotiable
March 08, 2023
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CWN Editor's Note: Responding to a legislative proposal that would require priests to report child abuse, even if they learned about it during a sacramental confession, the Diocese of Wilmington said that the confessional seal is “non-negotiable.”
“No Catholic priest or bishop would ever break the seal of confession under any circumstances,” the diocese said in a March 7 statement, adding that any priest who does violate the seal incurs the penalty of excommunication.
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