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Oath of Secrecy, Church Officials
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[German Version]

The oath of secrecy is the term used for the duty of clergy and church officers not to report, or comment on, facts and events of a confidential nature that they have come to know in the exercise of their office. The obligation of the oath in relation to the church forms part of the official relationship regulated by church law. The content of the oath goes materially further than the pastoral seal of the confessional. It does not include facts that are in any case public knowledge, and does not prevent the imparting of…

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Pirson, Dietrich, “Oath of Secrecy, Church Officials”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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