I’m sorry, but you have no concept of legal privilege laws.
There are a few common privilege protections in the court systems:
*]Attorney - Client privilege
*]Clergy - Penitent privilege
*]Reporter’s privilege (shield law to protect a news source)
*]Self-incrimination (5th Amendment)
*]Without Prejudice Privilege (protecting communications made in the course of negotiations to settle a legal dispute)
*]public-interest privilege (known as State’s Secrets Privilege in the United States)
*]psychotherapist-patient privilege (in the United States since 1996 per SCOUS case: Jaffee v. Redmond, 518 U.S. 1 (1996))
Here is a Wikipedia article directly regarding Clergy - Penitent Privilege: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priest%E2%80%93penitent_privilege
The Clergy-Penitent Privilege has existed in western secular law for generations, since at least the year 1151
Even if the crime is murder, a priest cannot break the seal of confession. However, a priest can attempt to convince a person to turn himself in, but the priest cannot do it.
Furthermore, it is NOT just the Catholic Church that practices the Seal of Confession. The seal of confession and clergy-penitent privilege provides a service to society because it allows a remorseful criminal an opportunity to seek counseling and begin the process of atonement.