Catholics and their damned rules...

I feel like talking about the sacrament of confession and a priest's role.

I can wrap my head around stating the sin, the penance and the healing. But what I cannot understand is the 'seal of confession', the law that states a Catholic priest cannot disclose what is said about any confession, unless they have the confessors permission.

Fictional situation:
A Catholic someone, gives confession and admits to the killing of an abortion doctor. The media is searching high and low for the killer. The killer needs to be brought to justice. The priest says nothing and hints nothing to the police. For if they did, it would be sacrilege.

How does this not pull at their moral heartstrings?! How can one vow to sit back, to do and say nothing...whether to prevent a crime, or bring justice to a crime? Is that Godly? Is that moral?


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Comment by mrs kelligurl on April 23, 2010 at 11:18am
I forgot to add about the moral heartstrings piece.

I think enough of them have proven they play by meatstrings...not heartstrings, and their morality is subjective. A club that has survived because of their willingness to torture and murder countless innocents is hardly in a position to determine what is moral--in fact I find the very notion anyone in the RCC 'moral' very laughable!
Comment by mrs kelligurl on April 23, 2010 at 11:10am
I think that the very idea of giving a religious clergy any 'free of and from the law' pass, even for a confession is dangerous. It has proven to be true. I have posted this before, but I still fail to see why the RCC isn't classified as a terrorist organization. After centuries of crimes against humanity that are to long to list at the moment, when will pull our head's out of our arse's and knock them off their moral high-horses? Every 'Klansman' hasn't necessarily committed a hate crime, every Nazi didn't necessarily directly participate in the Holocaust; however, the affiliation in itself if full of crime and hate yet sprinkled with fine grains of 'showcase' goodness. When you work or give to agencies or affiliations that support such then you are in essence guilty as well. If the RCC doesn't meet the criteria for foreign and domestic terrorism, I don't know what does. As far as the followers go, if someone 'tithed' to Al-Qeada--what kind of scrutiny would they be under?? IMO, the RCC is more predatory than the Al-Qeada(given that they make no bones about their intent).

I apologize, the RCC just gets me riled up
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on April 23, 2010 at 10:36am
A Catholic someone, gives confession and admits to the killing of an abortion doctor. The media is searching high and low for the killer. The killer needs to be brought to justice. The priest says nothing and hints nothing to the police. For if they did, it would be sacrilege.

This has been questioned and looked at for years. By lawmakers, and artists alike. This is a popular scenario in fiction. There is only one answer and that is our country still provides special accommodation for the virus of religion. Simple as that, and sad as that.
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on April 23, 2010 at 10:32am
"What moral heartstrings?" Sadism runs deep in the profession.
As it does in any profession where one has actual or (in the case of religion) implied authority over many others. Law enforcement, prison guards, and the military all have suffered from time to time from the same issue. But those institutions have cleaned up their acts for the most part. Still happens from time to time but when identified it is dealt with swiftly and severly./...there is NO such pressure on the church from its devoted to cause as great a clean up.
If one sits in a Catholic pew and pays their tithes and offerings, THEY are a huge part of the problem!!

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