Bob>>HI Corky, we were just talking about a priest who during confession was told of a murder his parishioner committed and the priest turned in the person and he was charged. The issue was the church was NOT allowing Priest to turn anyone in for any crime they found out about during confession. A couple days ago, the something happened again. A person "during confession" told a priest he murdered his wife, the priest turned him and and helped the police capture him. The Official Catholic announcement on this was that the confession was made not during an official confession, so the priest had the right to trun him in. What do you think? <<
Not in a sacramental situation. From what I understand was thatthe man was in a distraught mode. He was contemplating going home and killing himself He appearently told the Priest either outside of the confessionaL or just walked in the confessional and blurted out that he had killed his wife of several months. For the confession to be sacramental 1st the pentant must tell the priest how sorry he is for his sin. "Oh my God I am hardily sorry for my sins because I dread the lost of heaven and the pains of hell but mosdt of all because I have offended thy my God who is all good and deserving of all my love. I affirmaly resulve, with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, do penance, and mend my life AMEN." This anniciates the sacramental confession. Appearantly the man did not make it this far. To tell you the truth this is the first time Ive heard about this.
bob>Hi Corky, it was on the news a couple weeks ago, I hope you saw it, but the point of it was that a priest is NOT to report crimes to the police that are told to him during confession, per the Catholic church officials. In this case, the confession was "official" due to something like you'er pointing out, so it was okay if the priest told the police. Pretty fine line here, I am not Catholic, as you know, but you are, should there be a fine line at all. I think you were saying the priest could go to the police and report some crime he was told about, but it seems if everything is done correctly and it's an official confession, then he can't. What do you think about that?