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    Re: 'Deathbed confession' man charged

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Depends.

    The only thing that's certain is that the court cannot force the priest to testify as to what you said. However, if the priest wants to testify about what you said, then it depends on the state. To the best of my knowledge, NY and some other states hold that it's admissible, while several others don't.

    (This is not legal advice)
    I hope, and I suspect, that Priests are highly confidential and professional with the things they are told.
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    Re: 'Deathbed confession' man charged

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    I hope, and I suspect, that Priests are highly confidential and professional with the things they are told.
    Interesting point - if someone confessed to ongoing serious sexual abuse of children I would hope the Priest felt morally obliged to warn the authorities. Certainly as a teacher - if a student confesses to me they are or have been abused in such a way I am obliged by the profession and my employer to break confiddence and warn the authorities.

    I am however required to inform the student in the first instance of my obligation to inform.

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    Re: 'Deathbed confession' man charged

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    Interesting point - if someone confessed to ongoing serious sexual abuse of children I would hope the Priest felt morally obliged to warn the authorities. Certainly as a teacher - if a student confesses to me they are or have been abused in such a way I am obliged by the profession and my employer to break confiddence and warn the authorities.

    I am however required to inform the student in the first instance of my obligation to inform.
    Assuming that priest wasn't committing sexual abuse himself. I'm still disgusted by that whole debacle within the Catholic church. That was the last straw for me on why I left the church.

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    Re: 'Deathbed confession' man charged

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    Assuming that priest wasn't committing sexual abuse himself.
    That's a WHOLE other side to the story - the worst scenario would be the priest and the confessor exchanging notes and victims after such a confession.

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    Re: 'Deathbed confession' man charged

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    That's a WHOLE other side to the story - the worst scenario would be the priest and the confessor exchanging notes and victims after such a confession.
    Agree. I agreed with your prior post (hoping that a priest would report sexual abuse) but have a hard time thinking that a priest would turn someone in when so many were corrupt themselves (or can relate to the desires expressed by a pedophile).

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    Re: 'Deathbed confession' man charged

    Isn't there a statute of limitations on murder in the U.S.?

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    Re: 'Deathbed confession' man charged

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Isn't there a statute of limitations on murder in the U.S.?
    I don't believe there is for "murder." For lesser crimes, yes.

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    Re: 'Deathbed confession' man charged

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Isn't there a statute of limitations on murder in the U.S.?
    No..........

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