Cathlocs in England/(Copied from Fan Fiction Board)
Posted by Elizabeth M/ah on January 22, 1998 at 10:46:45:
Lise & Rachel re: interactive fiction
No, a priest can not reveal ANYTHING told during a confession, even big, serious things, or things to help solve crimes or murders. Also, Anne would not have been able to receive the sacrament of penance as a non-Catholic, and as Catholics were nearly wiped out of England altogether in the 16th and 17th centuries, the odds are she would not have even known any; and the odds of her having a relative of her class be a Catholic is highly improbable, as all their land, money and titles had been stripped from them, and harsh laws against Catholicism were still in force: the Catholic Emancipation Act was not passed until 1829, and the birth of the Oxford Movement was not until 1833. However, if there are any High Anglicans out there, perhaps they can tell you if Confession was practised among them, then. And your seargent could not have been a Catholic and held his position. Shame, isn't it? The confessional has such a sense of mystery about it.
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