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Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/07/18

Under canon law, priests may never divulge details of a confession, even under threat of death (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Laws requiring priests to violate the seal of the confessional make children “less safe”, Australian Church leaders have said.

A Nigerian priest kidnapped while jogging has been released unharmed.

Bishops have urged authorities in Barbados to end the death penalty for convicted murderers.

John Allen pays tribute to Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.

Matthew Walther argues that the pro-life movement “died on Monday”.

James Carroll puts the case against Cardinal Hlond.

And Fr John Zuhlsdorf asks if priests should be allowed a day off.

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