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New measure might force breaking of confessional seal

VATICAN (CNS): On April 23, the 155-member Chilean House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure that would add clergy and religious men and women to the list of police, members of the armed forces, teachers and civil servants who are obliged to report all crimes under article 175 of Chile’s penal code.
However, while Chile’s bishops expressed their support, the also they expressed concerns that the update to the country’s current law would force clergy to break the sacramental seal of confession.

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