Posted by Michelle Arnold: A priest cannot require of a penitent any action that would reveal the contents of the sacramental confession to outsiders, including those who have been injured. So, if a person confessed cheating on his “significant other” to a priest in the confessional, the priest cannot condition absolution upon confession of the deed to the “significant other.”
I went to an all-boys Catholic high school run by priests. We were required to take a second language. I was never good at that and I use to cheat on my tests all of the time. During confession the priests ALWAYS told me that I was absolved of my sins on the condition that I first told the instructor what I did.
Were they wrong in doing this? I barely passed that class with a D average and came close to being expelled for cheating because I admitted my wrong doings several times.