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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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Trouble is, Cardinal Brady is not in a great position to argue the case for the sacred seal of confession, as he calls it.
* Leading Irish spokesmen speak about enacting laws to mandate the breaking of the seal of confession by priests in order to report a child sex offender.
VALPARISO, CHILE x Chilean bishops said that while they support legislation requiring religious authorities to report crimes, they also fear that an update to the country's current law would force clergy to break the seal of confession.
He said the Church can excommunicate anyone who will violate the Seal of Confession,' he pointed out.
Last night one priest said he would rather go to jail rather than break the seal of confession.
Violation of the seal of confession and any malicious divulgence of the contents of a confession is dealt with in a separate section of Canon Law.
James Connell calls for the church to modify the seal of confession. I suspect and have experienced that the seal of confession doesn't exist for young children taught to confess laundry list items such as the nebulous "impure thoughts."
It's a good sign among the young and I'm glad about it," he said, adding that they take care not to violate the "seal of confession" when they discuss these matters.
Killarney cleric Kevin McNamara branded the hit soap the "lowest of the low" after he read about a plot in which a priest breaks the seal of confession.
James Connell's suggestion that there be a change in the seal of confession would, I believe, cause more problems than it would solve (NCR, Dec.