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Mary Kenny: Why the confessional's seal must remain sacred


About two years ago, in a university town in the south of England, I sought out the services of a professional counsellor for a troubling family situation.

Before proceedings began, she issued me with a statutory warning. If I had broken the law, had any contact with suspected terrorists or knew of illegal drug-smuggling or other serious offences, she would be obliged to pass this information on to the police.

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