Canon law 1388: A confessor who directly violates the sacramental seal incurs a ‘ latae sententiae ‘ excommunication reserved to the apostolic see. one who does so indirectly is to be punished according to the gravity of the delict.
ITALIAN ALTAR BOY’S CONFESSION‘Bless me Father, for I have sinned.
I have been with a loose girl . . .’
The priest asks, ‘Is that you, little Dominic Savino?’
‘Yes, Father, it is.’
‘And who was the girl you were with?’
‘I can’t tell you, Father. I don’t want to ruin her reputation.’“Well, Dominic, I’m sure to find out her name sooner or later
so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?’
‘I cannot say.’
‘Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?’
‘I’ll never tell.’
‘Was it Nina Capelli?’
‘I’m sorry, but I cannot name her.’
‘Was it Cathy Piriano?’
‘My lips are sealed.’
‘Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?’
‘Please, Father, I cannot tell you.’
The priest sighs in frustration.
‘You’re very tight lipped, and I admire that.
But you’ve sinned and have to atone.
You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months.
Now you go and behave yourself.’
Joey walks back to his pew,
and his friend Franco slides over and whispers,
‘What’d you get?’
‘Four months vacation and five good leads.’