This book is a study on the seal of confession. This topic goes to the root of the relationship between Church and State, which has challenged and troubled law makers, politicians, judges and scholars since the Reformation of the 16th century. It traces the development of the sacrament of confession from its beginnings in the early Christian Church both in the East and the West. The author follows the developments of the historical Church Councils, Pontiffs and scholars, directing confessors to maintain absolute confidentiality, privacy and silence concerning what is heard in confession from a penitent. Civilly, the work explores the threads from the English speaking legal jurisdictions around the world.
This book is a compelling read for every student of the law and human nature.
Rev. Dr. Gregory J. Zubacz has taught several courses on canon law at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute at Saint Paul University in Canada. His work experience includes work for the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and other federal branches of government. In canon law, he had served as the Defender of the Bond for the Marriage Tribunals of Ottawa and Winnipeg.
From the Author
“Not only does the secular world need to have a clear understanding of the canon law; the Church and its clergy also need an accurate perspective on their rights and obligations at civil law with regard to the seal of confession.”