I was wondering if, in the case where a priest refuses to give the absolution, the seal of confession is still present. Because, if there is no absolution, the sacrament has technically not taken place, right? For example, if a man says he intends to kill someone, he is no really repentant, and so the priest cannot give him the absolution. Is the priest in this case still bound by the seal of confession?
Also, is it true that a priest cannot even tell if he heard the confession of a particular person? Or if he gave him an absolution? I always thought that a priest had the right to say “I gave the absolution to John” without disclosing John’s sins.