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Penitents wait in line for confession (CNS)

The state has the right to know many things, but it has no jurisdiction over matters of conscience

Under canon law, the seal of confession is sacred under the penalty of excommunication (CNS)

Legal step is the latest in a case involving Father Jeffrey Bayhi

A priest hears a Confession in Zagreb, Croatia (Photo: CNS)

Church is to appeal ruling by US state court that priest should be compelled to testify

Alan Shatter, Ireland's Minister for Justice (PA photo)
David and Theresa Yeates laying flowers at Longwood Lane, Failand, where their daughter Joanna's body was found Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

The details of the case have been distressing: surely the jury can hear these in private?

Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

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The faithful take photos of Benedict XVI during the Angelus yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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