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Latin. n. Confessor of Christianity, martyr, lower clergy, pious monk, confessor (modern). A priest of some Christian sect, who receives an account of the sins of his people, and undertakes to give them absolution of their sins. The general rule on the subject of giving evidence of confidential communications is, that the privilege is confined to counsel, solicitors, and attorneys, and the interpreter between the counsel and the client. Vide Confidential Communications. Contrary to this general rule, it has been decided in New York, that a priest of the Roman Catholic denomination could not be compelled to divulge secrets which he had received in auricular confession.


 - n. One who confesses; one who acknowledges a fault, or the truth of a charge, at the risk of suffering; specifically, one who confesses himself a follower of Christ and endures persecution for his faith. A priest who hears the confessions of others and is authorized to grant them absolution.

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