Seal of confession is an ‘intrinsic requirement,’ Vatican says

Seal of confession is an ‘intrinsic requirement,’ Vatican says

The head of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary released a note Monday reaffirming the inviolability of the seal of confession and the importance of other forms of secrecy in the life of the Church. The text follows action by governments in Australia, California, and other parts of the world, to undermine the…

Seal of the Sacrament of Confession threatened in CA

Seal of the Sacrament of Confession threatened in CA

California’s state senate will vote on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession in certain limited circumstances. An amended text of the bill passed the Senate appropriations’ committee May 16. The bill, as amended, would require priests to report to law enforcement knowledge or suspicion of child abuse gained from…

Court rules against Catholic foster agency in Philadelphia

Court rules against Catholic foster agency in Philadelphia

CNA—After a yearlong legal struggle, a federal appeals court has ruled that city contractors in Philadelphia must place foster children with same-sex couples, a ruling that threatens the future of the local Catholic archdiocese’s foster placement program. “We’re disappointed that the court decided to let the city place politics above the needs of kids and…