priest-penitent privilege

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Noun1.priest-penitent privilege - the right of a clergyman to refuse to divulge confidential information received from a person during confession or similar exchanges
privilege - (law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship
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Ferris sought to suppress his admissions to church leaders under the so-called "clergy-penitent privilege." State law prohibits members of the clergy from disclosing confessions or testifying about communications from people seeking spiritual advice or comfort without their consent.
(24) Other privileges recognized by most states include the clergy-penitent privilege (25) and spousal privilege.
The proposal seeks to amend the clergy-penitent privilege to say that the "privilege shall not extend to any communication relating to the neglect or abuse of a minor child."