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5/30/2019 5:16:00 PM
Video Series: The seal of Confession
Threats to the seal of Confession
Pope Francis hears the confession of a priest at Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran. CNS photo/Vatican Media

Pope Francis hears the confession of a priest at Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran. CNS photo/Vatican Media

Catholic News Service has produced seven videos that will be released over the next week as part of its series on the seal of Confession and current legal challenges to the sacrament.

Check back to for updates to the videos as they are released.

No. 1: Threats to the seal of Confession  Priests, penitents, theologians, politicians and canon lawyers discuss current threats to the seal of confession.

No. 2: Conversion in the confessional  A bishop and a moral theologian say that as confessors, they have tools to persuade penitents confessing child abuse to do the right thing.  

No. 3: Confession as a religious liberty issue  Priests, theologians and lawyers say protecting the privilege between priest and penitent in the confessional is a religious freedom issue.

No. 4: He died protecting Confession seal  St. John Nepomucene Church in New York is named for the 14th century martyred priest who decided torture and death was a price worth paying for not violating the seal of confession.

No. 5: State secretly records a Confession  This Oregon priest discovered that a confession he heard from an incarcerated man was secretly recorded and a legal firestorm ensued.

No. 6: Priests unlikely to obey Confession laws  Priests say they would go to jail, or worse, to protect the seal of confession.

No. 7: Priest and penitent: How Confession works  These priests and penitents take us through the inner workings of a sacred and confidential confession.

Related Stories:
• Confession bill amended, but Church leaders say it still targets priests
• L.A. archbishop 'deeply disappointed' by Senate passing Confession bill
• Secrecy of Confession must never be violated, Vatican says
• Legislation on Seal of Confession withdrawn before key California hearing

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