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Why Church law forbids violating the seal of confession

VATICAN (CNS): The seal of confession is so important and sacred that a priest would be automatically excommunicated under canon law for directly revealing the contents of a confession.
 
The sacramental seal is absolutely inviolable and “admits no exceptions” even if the intention was to prevent an imminent evil or serious crime, said Monsignor Krzysztof Nykiel, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court dealing with matters of conscience.
 

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German bishops resume inter-Communion debate

WASHINGTON (CNS): The German Bishops’ Conference published the Orientation Guide in the Responsibility of Individual Bishops on June 27 despite Pope Francis asking them this past May not to publish, deeming that the document “has not matured enough to be published (Sunday Examiner, June 10).
 
According to DomRadio, the official news site of the Diocese of Cologne, the guide is the same handout that the bishops’ conference developed in February, but with a different title.
 

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