California’s Attempt to Break the “Seal of Confession”
The “seal of confession” is one of the most sacrosanct of Catholic beliefs and penitents rely on this unbreakable guarantee to freely confess and seek reconciliation with God. A priest who breaks the seal is automatically excommunicated (Canon 1388).
Yet now, the California Legislature is debating SB 360, a bill proposing to eliminate the penitential communication exemption when it comes to child sexual abuse.
Examine the issue with Archbishop José H. Gomez who explains how, “Confession is sacred — to every priest and every Catholic.” In his articles on the subject, Bishop Robert Barron says: “What I hope is clear—not only to Catholics, but to any American committed to the First Amendment—is that we are dealing here with an egregious violation of the principle of religious liberty.”
Send your Legislator an email today objecting to this assault on our religious freedoms.
Bishop Robert Barron on California Senate Bill (SB) 360
Click here to listen to an audio interview on Relevant Radio with Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco regarding SB 360.