In another thread, not mainly about this subject, I asked a question that never really got addressed. I’m not Catholic, never have been, never will be (religious in any way) so maybe that’s why I’m unclear, but say a priest hears a confession of a horrible crime that’s gone unsolved and the police are clueless. This crime is so awful that the priest feels he wants to push the limits of the confessional and give the police something to work with, so he writes an anonymous note to them telling them where evidence may be found, etc. He feels that this crime is so horrible that he’s willing to risk his career for it, get excommunicated, whatever. But he then in his own confession asks for forgiveness for breaking the seal of the confessional or whatever it’s called.
Wouldn’t he just get forgiven (given penance, etc.) and be able to continue as a priest? Or forced to resign from the priesthood as his penance? Or get consigned to the eternal flames of damnation or whatever poppycock they’re promoting as their torture of the month? IOW, what happens to him if he gives the cops the help they need in breaking the case and the guy (it’s always a guy) who done it gets put away, and the (ex-) priest finds a way to live with the guilt? Something? Nothing? Anything?
Not sure what I’m asking, and maybe because I’m so atheist that I can’t see any of this as being remotely wrong, but what’s the problem with the scenario that I’ve laid out here?