To explain “The list” further. Fr. Richards, who posted the list, has a great lecture on Confession. Both the list and the lecture are available at, www.thereasonforourhope.org.
Fr. Richards spiritual director had, a list of questions that he asked all penitents.
He gave no history except that. A theory, St Francis de Sales in his book, Introduction to the Devout Life, St Francis went to great lengths to explain how to conduct a true examination of conscious. Thus, a true Confession. The point Fr Richards explains is that some penitent do not even realize some of their actions were sins. The list is only meant to be a tool in order to help one conduct an examination.
The Seal of confession could be broken if one left the list, dropped the list etc. some responsibility must rest with the penitent in guarding the list. The Priest is bound not to break the Seal even up to death and becoming a martyr. But, the penitant would have to leave the list and have something on the list, a name, email address etc, which would allow someone to determine whom it was from.
I asked my own Spiritual director about the Seal. He explained to me that the Seal cannot be broken even to another Priest or even the Pope. Because, a fear that a friend of mine had was, the “Priest water cooler”, and his fear that Priests would stand discuss confessions amoungst one another. Or what if Priest A (who they feel comfortable with) tells Priest B what I confessed. My Spiritual director explained that, not even two Priests can discuss specifics of a persons Confession. Even though in this instance both Priests are in the same Parish.
In a nutshell you can be confident that your Confession is between you, the Priest and, God. Noone else. And the Priest who heard your Confession cannot discuss it with anyone. Not between Priests or even the Pope. At times during Homilies you may hear a Priest talk of a Confession but, this should and will be done only to help make generalizations. I.e. as Fr. Richards explains very well in his lecture so many Catholics are unaware that purposely missing Mass is a Sin. Purposely meaning you could have gone but chose not to, you chose to sleep in, or plain did not want to go for whatever reason. But, he also explains if you have a loved one who is sick or yourself were ill but go to Mass faithfully, that you are in no grave sin as these circumstances were not of your choice.
Again, a great tool to use when doing an axamination, fully. But as Benedictgal points out. Should not really be necessary every time you enter a Confessional. Pray, that God will allow you to know what needs to be confessed. It is meant to give one a good place to start with an examination.
I hope this explains it a little further.