Recently Pope Francis declared that the Seal of Confession must remain absolute. This action followed several assaults on the Seal of Confession, some by nations, others by states of the United States.
What is the Seal of Confession? It is a strict prohibition against a priest revealing anything heard in confession. The reason for this is the priest is sitting in for God, and what a person and God share is not for others. So, no matter how serious a sin confessed, the penitent must have complete assurance that it will remain secret in order to ask for God’s forgiveness with comfort.