(I am placing this topic in this section of the forum, as it seems to fit best here. However, if it would be better placed somewhere else, a moderator should feel free to move it.)
I have been pondering this question for the past hour or two, and would like to hear some input on what the correct answer might be.
In the sacrament of Confession, the priest cannot require the penitent to reveal any of the sins confessed, be it murder, adultery, etc. This is clear to me. However, the following scenario appeared in my mind, and I can’t seem to figure out a way out of it that doesn’t involve the penitent revealing their sins to someone else.
Say a child told a lie to his parents. The child then goes to Confession and confesses to having lied, and to not having honored his mother and father. The child receives Absolution for these sins. However, if the child then fails to disclose the lie to his parents at the earliest opportunity, would he not then immediately be guilty again of not honoring his mother and father, for having failed to reveal the lie?
The only thing I can think of is that perhaps I have a flawed idea of the meaning of the commandment to honor mother and father, and that not revealing the lie to the parents would, in fact, be permissible (at least until such time that the child is prompted again by the parents for the information the child lied about.) I’m interested to hear everyone’s take on this scenario. It seems clear-cut to me with the other aforementioned scenarios, but this one has me stumped.