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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 penalty for breaching the seal of confession is automatic excommunication, he told the daily Il Foglio.
An unknown person approached Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba in November 2009, accusing Verhasselt of breaking the seal of confession.
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.
Although he did not refer to the proposed new laws directly, Cardinal Brady added: "For example, the inviolability of the seal of confession is so fundamental to the very nature of the sacrament that any proposal which undermines that inviolability is a challenge to the rights of every Catholic to freedom of religion and conscience.
He said the Church can excommunicate anyone who will violate the Seal of Confession,' he pointed out.
Bill Brennan in Milwaukee (Page 14), Roy Bourgeois (Page 8), a Wisconsin pastor removed from his parish on questionable charges of breaking the seal of confession (Page 10), Fr.
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.