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seal

(1) An embossed impression created by a metal die pressed upon paper.A notary public seal, a corporate seal,or a government agency seal are all proof that the signature of that person is genuine and authorized,because they would not otherwise have access to the embosser to create the seal.(2) Originally,an impression made in wax upon a contract.It took the place of reciting consideration, having a signature, or having witnesses for the contract. Today, some statutes allow certain symbols,such as the initials “l.s.”to take the place of a seal,transforming a standard contract into one “under seal.”Where still recognized, contracts under seal may have a longer statute of limitations than others.

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The archdiocese responded in December 2010, informing the Vatican office that it had found a second, unrelated violation: Verhasselt had indirectly, that is, unintentionally, broken the seal of confession.
Federal opposition leader Tony Abbott, Australia's most prominent lay Catholic and a close associate of Pell's, said priests have a duty to report abuse even if that means breaking the seal of confession.
The accounts of conscience are strictly confidential, akin to the seal of confession, he said.
Other bills that would infringe on the seal of confession to create stricter mandatory reporting requirements have been introduced in New Hampshire, Kentucky and Florida.
An Ohio priest who was stabbed while hearing his attacker's confession told police the seal of confession will prevent him from testifying against his assailant.
2 that gives government affirmation to the seal of confession.