Monday 20 February 2017

Seal of confession interferes in rule of law

Published 18/07/2011 | 05:00

According to the rules of the Catholic Church governing the seal of confession, while a priest may encourage the criminal to surrender to authorities, he cannot make it a condition of the absolution.

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Reasonable people must wonder why he cannot. It is difficult to see how this position is not a gross interference in the rule of law.

JOHN STAFFORD
Knocklyon, Dublin 16

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