The Seal of the Confessional

The Church of England's canon law includes a provision which upholds the Seal of the Confessional by saying that priests should not reveal to anyone what has been disclosed to them in Confession by a penitent.


The Archbishops' Council has established a Working Group on the Seal of the Confessional to assist the Archbishops' Council and the House of Bishops in considering whether to recommend legislation to amend this canonical provision.


The Chairman of the Working Group has said that it would welcome any written comments about its work. Forward in Faith's submission to the Working Group is published here.


A lecture by Dr Colin Podmore, entitled 'The Seal of the Confessional in the Church of England: Historical, Legal and Liturgical Perspectives, is available here.