If someone confesses a crime to a clergy, should the clergy report it to Police?? Because of the professional ethics of confidentiality, in regards to clergy, this ensures that congregants or clients can share their concerns, questions or burdens without fear of disclosure. It creates a context of respect and trust within which help can be provided. The tradition of clergy confidentiality has allowed some people to seek help who otherwise might not do so out of fear of punishment or embarrassment. Often called into question are situations involving physical or sexual abuse of children. Here’s my question to you, and please weigh in. This is an important issue. If a person confessed to a priest that they had something to do with a murder/disappearance/crime, should he break his code of conduct and tell police?
Remember the Stacey Peterson case, where Stacey told her Pastor, that Drew Peterson admitted he had killed Kathlene Savio, his 3rd wife, and asked Stacy to cover for him, which she did. The Pastor never said anything until after Stacy had disappeared but his information was crucial to the investigation.