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Vermont Bill Proposal Could Jeopardize Seal of Confession

Bob LoCiceroThe seal of confession is the subject of a proposed bill by a Vermont state senator. More than 30 states have explicit confidentiality protections that defend the seal of confession. The Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier is shown above.

According to the senator who plans to introduce the legislation, the proposal ‘tries to make clear there [will be] no confidentiality’ exception, regardless of the context in which the clergy member becomes aware of the information.