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 Post subject: Confessional Seal Exemptions
PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:51 pm 
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According to this, the Pope has made exemptions for the confessional seal in cases of child molestation or child pornography. Is that possible?

https://www.pagina12.com.ar/237007-el-papa-elimino-el-secreto-pontificio-para-casos-de-abuso-se?utm_medium=Echobox&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1576587050

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 Post subject: Re: Confessional Seal Exemptions
PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:24 pm 
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The Pontifical Secret (which can be dispensed by the Pope) is not the same as the Seal of Confession (which can't).

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 Post subject: Re: Confessional Seal Exemptions
PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:23 pm 
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Thanks for the correction. I kept going back and forth on translation and somehow I got seal along the way.

Ok, what is the secret then?

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 Post subject: Re: Confessional Seal Exemptions
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Dominic wrote:
Thanks for the correction. I kept going back and forth on translation and somehow I got seal along the way.

Ok, what is the secret then?

The Pontifical secret is like classified or confidential information - only the Pope can dispense from it.

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 Post subject: Re: Confessional Seal Exemptions
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What is the purpose of having such a faculty within the office of the pontificate?

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 Post subject: Re: Confessional Seal Exemptions
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 Post subject: Re: Confessional Seal Exemptions
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What is the purpose of having such a faculty within the office of the pontificate?

Sorry? I'm not sure I understand the question.

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 Post subject: Re: Confessional Seal Exemptions
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I don't understand the purpose of the Pontifical Secret.

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 Post subject: Re: Confessional Seal Exemptions
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I don't understand the purpose of the Pontifical Secret.

To avoid scandal, defamation, to ensure the integrity of judicial processes, to protect priests operating in countries where Christianity is illegal (then Cardinal Montini's looseness with it, and his secretary being a communist agent, led to deaths)

The fact is if every accusation and investigation is public, reputations are destroyed, and justice harder obtained

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 Post subject: Re: Confessional Seal Exemptions
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That makes sense.

Thank you PED.

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