[quote="james_neville, post:1, topic:305659"]
Hi I was wondering if a priest is told of a gravely evil act that the person is going to perform in the future, does the seal of confession apply?
And secondly, if the priest does not grant absolution, does this mean that the seal is not in effect?
I have been struggling with this concept with all the sex abuse hitting the media and people asking questions. I find it hard to believe that if Jesus heard that someone was in danger of an evil act, a child is about to be raped by a priest that he would stand by and do nothing here on earth to prevent Evil from occuring, as such i am trying to see why the church sees fit not to do anything to help this
By any reasoning, it is evil on the part of a clergy to allow future 'rapes', taking refuge under a man-made confessional seal, that encourages or has encouraged innumerable 'men in white' to violate their own vows of chastity and violate the chastity of young teen-agers, esp. boys....
In an earlier thread i was quite 'vociferous' that Jesus would instantly/instantaneously condemn such depraved acts, but some defenders of the indefensible actually supported the criminals, which stand is hard to bear or accept!
An arch-bishop actually broke the confessional seal and handed over the priest to the authorities, but to no avail; because he went against the church rule, he was constrained to resign, but since he acted as per his CONSCIENCE, the highest TRIBUNAL, overshadowing any other authority, he has actually acted in the way that JESUS, himself would have done or will do on the LAST DAY!
Scriptural texts are there that condemn such dastardly acts in Jesus' own words, and hopefully we all would do well to abide by his teachings........those who don't know their scripture are advised to read about the punishment that must be given to those who hurt Jesus' LITTLE ONES, or Jesus himself would question them on the day of judgement with those fantastic words of his!
Note: to those who don't know the relevant scriptural texts, i shall post the same next time around!