Can a penitent share his own confession with others?


#1

My boyfriend and I are wondering (and disagreeing, because we’ve both heard differently) … After you confess something you’ve done wrong to a priest, is it okay to talk about it to anyone else, even when they know that you’ve confessed what you’ve done/thought?


#2

It is the priest who is bound to secrecy by the seal of the confessional, not the penitent. While the priest may not reveal a sacramental confession under any circumstances, the penitent may share it with anyone he wishes. The penitent should remember though that those he tells of his confession are not bound by the seal. Only if someone overhears a sacramental confession or in some way participates in the confession process (e.g., translates) is he as bound to secrecy by the sacramental seal as is the priest.


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