Do pastors/priest, rabbis, etc. have confidentiality rights with members of their church, temple, etc.? 4 Answers as of June 23, 2014

I was just wondering if a member of a church revealed an illegal act to a Pastor/Priest, if the information between the two was legally protected. Kind of similar to the therapist/psychologist-client confidentiality rights.

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Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Usually the answer is yes. For example the catholic priest cannot reveal anything told to him in the confessional.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/23/2014
Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
Pastors are in different category than therapist. Yes, there are confidentiality rules.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/23/2014
Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
It is and can be if it was given under the proper conditions to ensure the confidentiality For example, if you told your pastor such a thing at a church party then no because it was not a confidential setting.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/23/2014
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
It will depend on the circumstances of the communication, but there is a priest /penitent privilege in the law. See an attorney with the specifics.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/23/2014
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