Saturday, February 04, 2006

NH legistators want to break to seal of Confession

A confessor who directly violates the sacramental seal incurs a latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the apostolic see; he who does so only indirectly is to be punished according to the gravity of the offense" (Canon 1388).

If you're a Catholic -- or even if you're not -- you're probably aware of this.

Unless you're Representative Eileen Flockhart. She's a co-sponsor of bill that would mandate priests to disclose crimes against children -- even if this information is obtained via the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Representative Flockhart is a Catholic.

Sorry, but I don't see this as an act to "Protect Our Children." I see it as an obscene attempt to destroy a Roman Catholic Sacrament.

It won't work. The Sacrament cannot be destroyed, no matter how many earthly lawmakers try to do it.

The American TFP is sponsoring an effort to block the legislation.