I asked this same question eight years ago, and came up empty (thankfully). I ask it again because there are quite a lot of new folk here who might have some insight.
The Seal of Confession is a priest's most sacred trust. But many anti-Catholics accuse priests of routinely violating this trust. In one such instance, a certain Father O'Reilly of New York violated the Seal. No first name, date, or Parish stipulated. Seriously - an undated reference to a priest with an Irish surname in New York City??? There must be twenty or thirty "Father O'Reillys" at any given time in New York.
If a priest had violated this trust, it would not, in any way, invalidate the Catholic Church. But it would be a great and shameful crime.
So I ask (again), does anyone know of a VERIFIABLE claim (meaning, at the very least, I can find it in Google or Wikipedia) of a priest who violated the Seal?
I don't mean to include instances where the Seal was violated without the priest's knowledge or consent (such as if a confession was overheard without the priest's knowledge).