A friend recently shared some of the counsel they received through the course of confession. They were uplifted by the priest's words and felt others may be uplifted, as well. I am uncomfortable with this but can find no definitive source which states whether or not the priest's words to the penitent are said in confidence. One might use reason to conclude that these words should remain confidential: (1) they are part of the pastoral care of this individual and are thus meant for this individual; (2) they are taken out of context because anyone outside of the confessional has no knowledge of the surrounding circumstances; and (3) even should the penitent misinterpret or misquote the priest, the priest cannot defend himself for to do so would be breaking confidentiality.
Can anyone direct me toward a definitive instruction on this?
Thank you, and God bless you.