The Blogger ALEX BENZIGER is a practising Advocate in the High Court of Judicature at Madras(South India) having 33 years experience in the Bar,
and deeply involved in the activities of the Catholic Church and much concerned of the Mission, Faith and Morals and Tradition of the Catholic Church.
CATHOLIC PRIESTS TO BREAK THE SEAL OF
CONFESSION IS CONTRARY TO THE SCRIPTURES, TRADITION AND WILL OF GOD AND HENCE
NO ONE HAS THE POWER OR RIGHT TO CHANGE OR ALTER OR MODIFY.
governments are enacted a law in which,” Laws concerning mandatory reporting to
child protection authorities should not exempt persons in religious ministry
from being required to report knowledge or suspicions formed, in whole or in
part, on the basis of information disclosed in or in connection with a
per the Catholic Church Law, Canon 229 (i) of the Code of Canon Law, I am duty
bound to write letter to the Governments concerned that some forces are trying to
one official replied to me that “the power is vested with the government but as
on the day the governor has no legal power to act through this letter”.
ALEX BENZIGER, Attorney at Law, Chennai, South India.
2.THE HONOURABLE SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister of Australia Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600
HIEU VAN LE AC
Governor of South Australia
Government House GPO Box 2373 ADELAIDE SA 5001
it please your Excellency,
Sub:The South Australia has amended the Children
and Young People (Safety) Act 2017,
mandatory reporting to child protection
authorities on the basis of information
during a confession be entirely
1.I am a practicing
advocate in the High Court of Judicature at Madras, South India, with 34 years
of Bar Experience. I am professing Roman Catholicism as my religious faith. Our
forefathers were converted into Christianity 300 years before. I am hailing
from Kanyakumari District, which is situated at the Southern tip of India. I am
belonging to the suppressed community (Nadar Caste) in the Travancore Kingdom.
The Travancore Kingdom was established in 1729 and ruled till 1949. The
Travancore Kingdom merged with India after two years of its independence from
the British government. Our family has the genealogy from 1754 onwards till
2.Now, in Australia,
there is a threat to the Catholic Church in respect of the SACRAMENT OF
COFESSION. Laws concerning mandatory reporting to child protection authorities
should not exempt persons in religious ministry from being required to report
knowledge or suspicions formed, in whole or in part, on the basis of
information disclosed in or in connection with a RELIGIOUS CONFESSION.TheSouth Australia amended the
Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017, ministers of religion will be subject to strict mandatory
reporting requirements, which will include information communicated during a confession. The
Act is being implemented in two phases - the first phase commenced on 26
February 2018 and the remaining sections of the Act will commence in October
3.As per the Catholic
Church Law, Canon 229 (i) of the Code of Canon Law, I am duty bound to write
this letter to Your Excellency that some forces are trying to destroy
4. We believe that
Jesus Christ is our Lord God and His teachings are binding us. After His
Resurrection, He directed His disciples that “Whose sins you forgive are
forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (John 20:19-23) and
therefore, we should obey the Will of God. It is impossible that the Church
will go against this verse. It is impossible we the Catholics go against our
conscience. Pursuant to every Catholic priest taken oath to the Church, the
priest is never to break that seal. If necessary, the priests are preferring to
die, rather than break the Seal of Confession.
5. Catholics believe
that in the confessional we can tell God everything that is on our heart and
seek his healing mercy. The priest is only an instrument; he stands in the
“person of Christ.” We confess our sins — not to a man but to God. Therefore,
Confession is sacred — to every priest and every Catholic.
6. Catholic doctrine of
the seal of confession dates back to the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215, which
mandated that Catholics confess their grave sins to a priest via the sacrament
of Penance. Further, the Code of Canon Law, Canon 983(i) states: “The
sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore, it is a crime for a confessor in any
way to betray a penitent by word or in other manner or for any reason”. The
penalty for any priest who divulges anything heard in confession—or even a
penitent’s identity—is automatic excommunication. As per the Canon 1388(i)
states that “A confessor who directly violates the sacramental seal, incurs a
“latae sententiae” excommunication”.
7. In recent
development, in respect of child abuse in Australia, a Royal Commission was set
up and a detailed report in which the commission has made 85 recommendations
that it says are aimed at better protecting children from sexual abuse that
"Laws concerning mandatory reporting to child protection authorities
should not exempt persons in religious ministry from being required to report
knowledge of suspicions formed, in whole or in part, on the basis of
information disclosed in or in connection with a religious confession".
Whereas the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious
Australia’s Responded to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to
Child Sexual Abuse on August 2018. The laws passed Parliament in July 2017,
following consultation with the community and the child protection sector. The
Act is being implemented in two phases - the first phase commenced on 26
February 2018 and the remaining sections of the Act will commence in October
2018. The new laws come into effect in October 2018 which change these
mandatory reporting requirements. Under the new Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017, ministers of religion will be subject to strict mandatory
reporting requirements, which will include information communicated during a
confession. These reporting requirements will also apply to others in the
community, such as social workers, educators and police officers.
8.On October 1, 2018
South Australia will become the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce a law
compelling a “minister of religion” to report any confessions of child sexual
9.The religious freedom
argument central to the debate
most recent census shows that
Australia is a secular and multi-faith society. Yet, some laws in Australia
continue to provide an exception for religious organisations. For
example, section 127 of the
Commonwealth Evidence Act 1995 confers a privilege for religious confessions.
It entitles members of the clergy to “refuse to divulge” a religious
confession, but only if the confession was not made for a criminal purpose.
Evidence laws in most Australian jurisdictions also protect religious
confession privilege. The privilege conferred on religious organisations are
taken away by the newly enacted law. It is bad in law.
11. Attack on the
Freedom of the Catholic Church is that
once the Seal of Confession is broken,
the Sacrament of Mercy—through which God forgives sins through the ministry of
the priest—becomes unviable. In other words, the Church loses Her freedom. The
Church will effectively become an instrument of the State since She will be
compelled to report on all activities of citizens that the State deems
necessary. The Government intrudes the conscience of individual citizens.
12. It is far more
likely that journalists and lawyers would hear admissions about such crimes.
Yet this bill does not propose doing away with the attorney-client privilege or
the protection of journalists’ sources. It only targets Catholic priests and Catholics and
hence the Government has biased attitudes towards its Catholics citizens.
13. Forcing priests to
break the Seal of Confession places them in the excruciating dilemma of having
to choose between obeying God and His Church or a secularist court of law! All
priests who are faithful to their sublime vocation will answer with Saint
Peter: “We ought to obey God, rather than men”. (Acts 5:29). The Confessors
under Communism and Nazism suffered prison, torture and execution rather than
fail in their duty to preserve the Seal of Confession. Most Rev. Dr. Denis
Hart, the Archbishop of Melbourne said he would risk going to jail rather than
report allegations of child sexual abuse raised during confession, and that the
sacredness of communication with God during confession should be above the law.
Hence, we the Catholics are prepared to sacrifice our lives to defend our
14. It is the
responsibility of the one sponsoring the bill to prove that this ‘breaking of
the seal of confession’ will have the effect they claim. Otherwise, its’ a
meaningless political gesture to pander to progressives who already hate the
Church. It is undoubtedly an attack on the Church. The child abuse is NOT the
concern of Leftist politicians. Their concern is to totally destroy
15. In 1809, Napoleon's
men entered the Vatican, arrested Pope Pius VII and brought him in chains to
Grenoble, and eventually Fontainebleau. His imprisonment lasted five years. The
Holy Father vowed to God that, if he were restored to the Roman See, he would
institute a special feast in honour of Mary. Military reverses forced Napoleon
to release the Pope, and on May 24th, 1814, Pius VII returned in triumph to
Rome. Therefore, we the Catholics will be prepared to sacrifice our lives to
defend our faith.
16. The South
Australian Government will tell all the Australian army men that anyone from
defence forces captured in other country, while in torturing in that country he
gives the army secrets in full. Is it right?Is it possible?
Every Government enact laws against terrorism, dacoit, theft, corruption and
rapes/sexual abuses, but no Government prevent or eliminate these crimes.
Likewise, the child abuses also. But the Catholic Church never compromise this
child abuse crime. The Church never teaches against morals or support or teach
any form of crime or any form of immoral activities. The Churchmen sacrificed
their life for spreading the love, charity and service, that is, commanded by
Our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, the present law warrants the catholic priests
to disclose the child abuse heard during the sacrament of confession to the
concerned authorities are cannot be accepted by the Catholic Church on the
can you expect a penitent to reveal a crime confessedbefore the priest during confession. These
are all based upon everyone’s belief based on their conscience. No coercion or
compulsion but purely voluntary. In my early days in 1970 there was a sermon
given by one traditional priest who told a story that “a penitent Mr. John is
confessing his sin before a priest Fr. Mathew and in the opposite side another
priest Fr. Mark also hearing confession. While the penitent Mr. John was
confessing, a cockroach, a frog and a scorpion were coming out of his mouth but
one snake came from his mouth, but the snake could never come out of the
penitent’s mouth and finally the penitent went away, the confession was over.
The opposite side priest Fr. Mark was watching this scene of confession of Mr.
John. This story is explaining that the cockroach, frog and scorpion are the
venial sins committed by Mr. John. But the snake represents a mortal sin. The
sinner Mr. John was not willing to confess the mortal sin to the confessor
Priest Fr. Mathew. Therefore, nobody will expect sinners to reveal a crime
confessed before the priest in the confession. The sinner may confess or let it
out, but nobody knows but God and the sinner only know the truth. Therefore,
the priest being required to report the crime to the police is unwanted, but it
is a persecution enacted by the South Australian government itself.
a boy confessed before a priest that he was molested by a man. Very next day
when the same man confessed before the priest, but the man did not speak about
the said molestation incident. After one week the boy’s father complained to
the police. The police called the priest and asked about the man’s confession
and the priest told the police that the man said nothing about the molestation.
Here we believe the boy or the man or the priest. Further, if the priest was
punished, then the judicial system is jeopardised. Because, “Let a hundred
guilty be acquitted but one innocent should not be convicted”, this is the
basic ethics of the Judicial system.
the seal of the confessional be removed, would any one child would come to the
priest in confessional and confess the sexual abuse? If priests were to be
forced to disclose the facts of such confessions to law enforcement, it would
create even more cases of such abuse, because perpetrators would not confess
these sins to a priest, and they would only subconsciously bury their guilt and
they would no longer seek neither forgiveness nor a change their own
behaviour. Leaving confessions confidential has benefits for both offender
and victim. It was given to the priests to be a tribunal in which the sinners
feel free to reveal their most profound sins for the sake of spiritual healing.
Therefore, the present law is baseless, and it is interfering with penitent’s
belief and conscience.
(iv). The seal of confession,
also known as the “sacrament of penance” or “sacrament of reconciliation”, is
fundamental to the Catholic faith. Sinners can ask for forgiveness for their
sins, allowing them to “reconcile with God and the Church”. It is usually done
in the confessional box in churches. The seal applies only to communications
made during sacramental confession to a priest. Canon Law
1388(i) forbids priests from disclosing a confession. As per this Canon, a
priest who violates the seal of confession, faces ex-communication,
which is the most severe form of punishment in the Catholic faith. Saint John
Nepomuceno (1340–1393), vicar general to the Archbishop of Prague, was a martyr
for the Seal of Confession when he refused to reveal to the cruel and unjust
King Wenceslaus IV the contents of the Queen’s confession. Therefore, breaking
the seal of confession is meaningless and it is purportedly an attack on the
matter of fact, that the South Australian Legislatures enacted the law that the
minister of religion is to disclose the child abuse while hearing the religious
confession is interfering with the Scripture and Church Doctrine, in respect of
the Catholic faith of sacrament of confession. It affects the priest’s vow
given to the Church. Ultimately the priest would suffer eternal damnation
according to the word of God, “if he will not hear the church, let him be to
thee as the heathen and publican”. (Mt.18:17). Christianity has been spread all
over the world by millions of Missionaries who have sacrificed their lives by
fire and were tortured and brutally murdered by lions and other wild animals.
We believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord God and His teachings are binding us
for ever. Therefore, we the Christians are bound to defend the Catholic Church
from any kind of interference to save the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ at
if a man has written a WILL and after his death, no court or authority has the
right to change or alter anything in the Will. It is likewise, the sacrament of
confession. It has commanded by Our Lord Jesus Christ and it is written in the
Scripture. It is the WILL of God. So, the Catholic Church, or the Pope or any
other Ecumenical Body does not have the right to change or alter or modify
anything against the Scripture. Therefore, it is impossible to go against the
WILL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
In these circumstances it is prayed that the present Laws requiring
Catholic priests to break the seal of confession in some cases passed by the
Australian Capital Territory’s Legislative Assembly in Canberra on June 7, 2018
is contrary to the Scriptures, Tradition, WILL of GOD and the belief and
conscience of the Catholics. Hence the present Law “to break the seal of
confession cannot be accepted by the Catholic Church, because the Catholic
Church doesn’t have power to deal with it”. Therefore, Your Excellency may be
pleased to interfere with the above said law and it may be recalled and thus
2. English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley coined the term Darwinism in
April 1860. It was used to describe evolutionary concepts in general,
including earlier concepts published by English philosopher Herbert Spencer. Many of the proponents of
Darwinism at that time, including Huxley, had reservations about the
significance of natural selection, and Darwin himself gave credence to what was
later called Lamarckism. The strict Neo-Darwinism of German evolutionary
biologist August Weismann gained few supporters in
the late 19th century. During the approximate period of the 1880s to about
1920, sometimes called "the
eclipse of Darwinism", scientists proposed various alternative
evolutionary mechanisms which eventually proved untenable. The development of the modern
the early 20th century, incorporating natural selection with population genetics and Mendelian genetics, revived Darwinism in an
Darwin’s theory of evolution, as taught as Biology Textbook for Class XII Std.
CBSC school, wherein “Unit VII”, the Subject is “Genetics and Evolution”, and
in particular “Chapter 7” is describing as “Evolution”. Further it is described
in Seven Topics and the last Topic is “Origin and Evolution of Man”. It is
published by National Council of Educational Research and Training, 2006, Situated
at Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110 016 is a biological explanation of how
creatures have supposedly “evolved” or developed progressively through natural
selection and variation (now known as mutation) over eons of time from the tiny
cell to the largest creatures on earth today. What is taught in classrooms is not
mere micro evolution—small changes within a species—but macro evolution,
the change from one type of creature to another quite distinct life form.
4. What many
evolutionists are trying to convince the world of is that there is no need for
a Creator since, as they say, evolution can substitute as the mechanism for
creating and transforming life. They teach that life arose from non-life and
evolved from simpler creatures to more complex life forms. In other words, the
tiny cell eventually became an amoeba, then a lizard, then a monkey, and
5. As one source states: “The dominant life form was
the now-extinct sea creature known as a trilobite, up to a foot long, with a
distinctive head and tail, a body made up of several parts, and a complex respiratory
system. But although there are many places on earth where 5,000 feet of
sedimentary rock stretch unbroken and uniformly beneath the Cambrian (layer),
not a single indisputable multi-celled fossil has been found there. It is ‘the
enigma of paleontological (fossil studies) enigmas,’ according to
American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of
science Mr.Stephen Jay Gould.
6. If, after
almost two centuries of digging beneath all the world’s continents, no previous
ancestor of this first hard-bodied creature has been found, how then did the
ubiquitous trilobite evolve? There should be some previous ancestor if
evolution were true.
important evidence from the fossil record is the absence of transitional forms
between species. Darwin was concerned that the thousands of intermediate stages
between creatures needed to prove his theory were not in evidence, but he
expected they would eventually be found. Yet those thousands of missing
transitional forms are still missing!
reference explains: “If throughout past ages life was actually drifting over in
one continual stream from one form to another, it is to be expected that as
many samples of the intermediate stages between species should be discovered in
fossil condition as of the species themselves … All should be in a state of
flux. But these missing links are wanting. There are no fossils of creatures
whose scales were changing into feathers or whose feet were changing into
wings, no fossils of fish getting legs or of reptiles getting hair. The real
task of the geological evolutionist is not to find ‘the’ missing link, as if
there were only one. The task is to find those thousands upon thousands of
missing links that connect the many fossil species with one another” (Byron
Nelson, After Its Kind, 1970, pp. 60-62).
9. Further important evidence from the fossil
record is the absence of transitional forms between species. Darwin was
concerned that the thousands of intermediate stages between creatures needed to
prove his theory were not in evidence, but he expected they would eventually be
found. Yet those thousands of missing transitional forms are still missing!”
This is a shocking thing to say! Not only have transitional forms been found
across the fossil record but every single fossil ever found is a transitional
10. The fossil record by its very nature has holes,
a fossilization event in large animals is incredibly rare and it is no surprise
that there are gaps.
there is no real evidence, evolutionary scientists simply
evolution were true, then where is the evidence of different types of animals
now “evolving” into other types? Where is the evidence of cats, dogs and horses
gradually turning into something else? We do see changes within species, but we
do not see any changes into other species. And, as mentioned, we see no
evidence of gradual change in the fossil record either. Yet evolutionists
continue to assume that transitional forms must have existed.
Darwin’s landmark book On the Origin of Species there are some
800 subjective clauses, with uncertainty repeatedly admitted instead of proof.
Words such as “could,” “perhaps” and “possibly” plague the entire book.
is still called a theory—a possible explanation or assumption—because it is not
testable according to the scientific method, as this would require thousands or
millions of years.
15. This chimp human argument has always been a
favourite evolutionary propaganda trick but can be argued another way: chimpanzees
and humans are so similar because they share the same designer, have been
created with the same biological materials. The DNA is different
because they have been programmed differently. The only reason however the
environment appears so designed for us is because we adapted to it then changed
it to suit us. We have the intelligence and physical body to do that. We were
created that way. Now if we evolved from bacteria billions of years ago where
did all this extra DNA come from? And what about the genetic code for
this extra DNA did it just align itself with different instructions?
There is a massive difference between a single cell organism and a human
16. Micro evolution explains the adaptation and
changes we see in organisms over time. This is a fact and indisputable. But
evolution cannot explain the origin of life. Living organisms cannot originate
spontaneously from inorganic matter. For example, evolution implies that life
originated from rocks and minerals. This is impossible. Where did the DNA come
from? Without DNA, there can be no transfer of information from one generation
to the next. Where did the information come from? How was it stored in DNA?
What was the mechanism for the self-assembly of DNA? This is a mathematical
impossibility. There isn’t enough time in the alleged 13-billion-year old
universe to allow for it. Do the math on the probabilities of an entire DNA
helix assembling randomly? Do the probability of even the simplest protein
self-assembling randomly. DNA itself is complex, but all the protein enzymes
required for transcription and protein assembly is crazy complex. The math
descent from apes. Physiologically, apes and humans have a lot in common. But
look deeper into the matter and there is a main distinguishing factor: ‘The
mind’. An increase in brain size can account for increased intelligence, but no
amount of intelligence in animals will ever bring about the self-awareness and
creativity of the human mind. There is also no accounting for the 20% of DNA
that is unique only to humans and not present in any other animal.
18. Darwin suggested that all the forms of life we
see on earth today have descended from more primitive ancestors by slow gradual
change over millions of years. This is so slow that it would be impossible to
observe during our lifetime. If this actually happened, then the fossil
evidence should show a gradual change from one species of animal into another.
In Darwin’s days, and still today, the fossil evidence does not show these
intermediate life forms. It shows the final species that would be expected with
19. The reptile-to-bird transition. To factually
prove that reptiles evolved into birds, we would need a few transitional
species that show something that is in between a reptilian scale and a feather.
None exist. There are fully formed birds with reptilian teeth and claws, but
they have feathers and all their other features are those of a bird. This
doesn't factually prove an evolutionary link. Again, at best an educated guess.
20. Albert Einstein (Nobel Laureate in
physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect) may not have trusted in Jesus, but he still believed in the existence
of God. He stated, "I am not an atheist. I don't think I can call
myself a pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We
are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books
in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It
does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are
written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of
books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of
even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe
marvellously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these
21. India Union Minister Hon’ble Mr. Satyapal
Singh (Formerly Additional
Director General of Police, Government of Maharashtra) has claimed that Charles Darwin’s theory of
evolution is “scientifically wrong” and has suggested that it be removed from
school and college curriculum across the country. “From the time we have been
hearing stories from our grandparents, ever since books were written, until
today, nobody has, either in a story or in writing, said he went somewhere into
a jungle and saw an ape turning into a man. This is not written anywhere.
Darwin’s theory is scientifically wrong and so, in schools and colleges it must
be changed. Since man came on Earth, he has always been man, and will always be
man. On series of questioned by many Evolution supporters to the Hon’ble
Minister and he reacted and stood by his comment. “I have done PhD in chemistry
from Delhi University. I stand by my comment on Darwin’s theory of evolution,
which was challenged during his lifetime. Many Western scientists of several
developed countries have found loopholes in his theory. In many countries, the
theory is not being taught anymore. I therefore stand by my comment”, Mr.
Singh told The Sunday Express on 19.01.2018.
22. Why if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine
gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transition forms? Why is not
nature in confusion instead of the species being, as we see them well defined?
Darwin’s theory of natural selection is incapable of finding the link to prove
how one kind of creature could evolve in. The “Darwin’s Theory
of Evolution” is false on the following reasons:
i). No scientific law accounts for non-living
things coming to life. The soil in your garden didn’t turn into trees and
flowers. The plants came from seeds, cuttings, or grafts from other trees and
flowers. Chemical evolution has not yet found how the first single celled
creature could have evolved. Suppose that man was able to make a living cell in
the test tube from raw chemicals, what does that demonstrate?
ii). It is
probably heard the famous question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
It’s a real dilemma for an evolutionist to answer. An egg comes from a chicken,
yet the chicken comes from an egg. If chicken first, then, it is male or
female, the question will arise. How can there be one without the other?
iii). Formerly, there is a belief in the Greek mythology
that Hercules, the god who carried the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Now it is disproved.
iv). Our forefathers have found in the
universe that there are 9 planets and 27 stars and predicted their movements
without any modern scientific equipments. In astrology the movement of planets
and stars are calculated accurately and also found 12 houses. Further a planet,
for e.g. “Saturn” is occupied in a house for 30 months, wherein during that period,
all the planets including “Saturn” are occupied certain period known as
‘bhukthi’ in the 30 months. Further they predicted the date, time and seconds
about the new moon, full moon and eclipse. But the same forefathers were not
told us anything about the ape turned man.
In the Tamil Literature, the great poets lived in 2000 years ago, the Sage
Thiruvalluvar and Sage Tholkappiar wrote various books, namely, Thirukkural and
Tholkappiam, wherein too, the saints were not told us anything about the ape
We the advocates to defend murderers and other accused only as a client to save
them. Accordingly, we the advocates are formulating a defence within the
parameters of the existing law to get him escaped from the clutches of law.
Likewise, Darwin is defending the theory in which he is having a belief by
collecting the evidence in the biological and historical events in connection
the evolution of a human being.
Who are all supporting and promoting the Darwin theory with the support of
available some materials in hands and they are telling the things which are
about million/billion years ago what happened? and how they arrived the
conclusion of such million/billion years? How it is possible, it is
DARWIN’S THEORY OF EVOLUTION IS FALSE AND SCIENTIFICALLY WRONG.