Home > Glossary

Clergy Penitent Privilege

Clergy-Penitent Privilege

Definition

Clergy-Penitent Privilege — in certain jurisdictions, clergy must maintain the confidentiality of "privileged communications" with penitents or counselees. In some cases, this can pose a legal challenge in weighing how clergy-penitent privilege interacts with mandated reporter laws, in which clergy could be required to report potential child abuse to authorities.

Related Products