Seal of confession

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Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary

What is the seal of confession? A Q&A with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza

Oct 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

To learn more about the secrecy of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we spoke to Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the head of... Read more

Karine Dalle, the communications director of the French bishops’ conference.

France’s Catholic bishops will uphold confessional seal, spokeswoman clarifies

Oct 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

She said: ‘One cannot change the canon law for France as it is international.’ Read more

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Analysis: The Church in France must uphold the confessional seal

Oct 13, 2021

By Fr. Gerald Murray

The French bishops’ conference has seemingly tried to walk back the straightforward comments of the Bishop of Reims, who recently... Read more

Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, pictured in 2015.

French Catholic leader discusses ‘clumsy wording’ on confessional seal with interior minister

Oct 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

The archbishop asked for ‘forgiveness,’ saying that his remarks overshadowed a landmark abuse report. Read more

The Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, which houses the meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council.

UN experts’ letter to Vatican has ‘no real teeth,’ says Church official

Jun 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The letter accused the Holy See of engaging in “obstructive practices” related to abuse. Read more

The meeting room of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Statement by UN ‘experts’ seeks to discredit the Holy See

Jun 20, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The statement by a group of U.N. experts will ‘give the Holy See a pie in the face.’ Read more

Credit: Quisquilia/Shutterstock

North Dakota lawmaker withdraws bill requiring violation of seal of confession

Feb 2, 2021

A North Dakota bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of confession has been withdrawn by its... Read more

Western Australian legislative committee recommends preserving confessional seal

Sep 12, 2020

Religious ministers should not be required to violate the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, a committee of... Read more

Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal

Sep 8, 2020

The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of... Read more

Holy See upholds confessional seal in response to Australian royal commission

Sep 6, 2020

The Australian bishops have provided the federal government with the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations of a 2017 report... Read more

Critics: Utah bill on confession would criminalize priests, not counter sex abuse

Jan 16, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

A Utah legislator’s proposal to remove protections for priests and other clergy who hear confessions of the sexual abuse of... Read more

Montana high court reverses sex abuse judgement against Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jan 10, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

The Montana Supreme Court has unanimously reversed a $35 million judgement against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, on the grounds that the... Read more

Australia's bishops protest national move to force priests to reveal confessions

Dec 2, 2019

Australia’s Catholic bishops support “nationally consistent” reporting standards for the abuse of minors, but cannot support new national legal standards... Read more

Sex abuse scandal leaves Australian Church, gov’t scrambling for solutions 

Sep 25, 2019

In the wake of a major clergy sex abuse scandal and the high-profile, controversial trial and conviction of sex abuse... Read more

Archbishop Julian Porteous.

Priests 'cannot comply' with laws that break seal of confession, Tasmania's archbishop says

Sep 12, 2019

The leader of Tasmania’s Catholic Church said priests in his archdiocese will not comply with a law that would require... Read more

Archbishop Peter Comensoli. CNA file photo

New Australian law requires priests to break confessional seal

Sep 12, 2019

A law passed in the Australian state of Victoria on Tuesday would require priests to violate the seal of confession... Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Via Shutterstock

Melbourne archbishop ready to defy law over seal of confession

Aug 14, 2019

The Archbishop of Melbourne has said he is prepared to defy a proposed new law that would force priests in... Read more

California Capitol Building.

California confession law dropped

Jul 9, 2019

A California bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of confession has been withdrawn by its sponsor... Read more

Confession booth in St. Peter's basilica in the Vatican. Via Shutterstock.

Seal of confession is an 'intrinsic requirement,' Vatican says

Jul 1, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The head of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary released a note Monday reaffirming the inviolability of the... Read more