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DaRealKobe October 21st, 2014 12:43pm

If a killer confesses to a priest that he has murdered two people in the last month and it most wanted by the police. Is he allowed to tell the police.

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drunk ill be Bach
10/21/14 8:06 am

I believe he legally has to, otherwise he can get charged with something like harboring a fugitive

DaRealKobe DownInTheSouthFeller
10/21/14 6:55 am

In communion if u tell a priest that u have murdered someone he is not allowed to tell what his confessions were.

GlockMan1 Alabama
10/21/14 6:26 am

Priests are there to listen to your sins. If you have committed a crime the Priest is not obligated to keep that confidential....just your sins.

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Optimus1
10/21/14 6:46 am

Actually, they are.

jsmooseman You started it.
10/21/14 6:53 am

Depends on state

Optimus1
10/21/14 6:56 am

You are right, state by state.

Optimus1
10/21/14 5:50 am

Priests, teachers and other forms of counselors, are mandatory reporters. So yes, they are required to by law to report this particular crime. Also in instances of child abuse, neglect or sexual assault. But the Catholic Church seems lax on this.

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jsmooseman You started it.
10/21/14 6:45 am

It is not mandatory for priests or non-school counseled to tell authorities. Legally if you are not a school counselor you CAN NOT tell authorities unless they have a warrant. Patient confidentiality laws. Priest can tell, but usually won't.

Optimus1
10/21/14 6:46 am

My wife is therapist, non-school. She is a mandatory reporter. My pastor is also a mandatory reporter.

jsmooseman You started it.
10/21/14 6:51 am

It's obviously a state by state law then.

Optimus1
10/21/14 6:54 am

Legally obligation is different?

Optimus1
10/21/14 6:56 am

That may be the case. State by state.

jsmooseman You started it.
10/21/14 6:57 am

They fall under the same role in the church. Just different religions.

Optimus1
10/21/14 7:01 am

I know that. That was not a disputed point.