State Bills Could Strip Catholic Churches’ Right to Protect Members ‘Sealed Confessions’, by Kate Anderson

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By Kate Anderson, The Stream, Daily Caller News Foundation, March 27, 2023

Two bills proposed by state elected officials would remove the Catholic Church’s right to the “seal of confession” protecting priests’ right to refuse to provide private information divulged during confessionals, and Catholic advocates warn it could be a slippery slope when it comes to protections for religious freedom.

Delaware HB 74 and Vermont Sen. Bill 16 were introduced earlier this year by Democratic Rep. Eric Morrison and Democratic Sen. Richard Sears, respectively, to prevent child abuse, according to the bills’ texts. …

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