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Seal of Confession Brief

On September 24, 2014, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund filed an amicus curiae brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of eighteen Catholic organizations, including Priests for Life, Catholic Answers, and the Catholic League who requested the U.S. Supreme Court review the case of Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Baton Rouge v. Mayeux.

This was done to support of the Diocese of Baton-Rouge after the Louisiana Supreme Court recently issued a decision which would require a priest, Fr. Bayhi, to testify in violation of the seal of the confessional or be in contempt of court. The U.S. Supreme Court chose not to review the case, apparently endorsing the argument of the opposition to the petition for review. That argument was that Louisiana Courts had stated that they would not needlessly make the priest violate the seal of the confessional. Louisiana Courts need to perform an inquiry into whether the priest-penitent evidentiary privilege applies, but that inquiry does not necessarily require that the priest violate the seal of the confessional, and they will avoid making him do so..

Welcome to The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund’s mission is to defend religious freedom by providing protective legal services at the trial level to persons whose religious liberty and free-speech rights have been attacked. FCDF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public-interest law firm which defends the conscience rights and religious freedom of those of all faiths and no faith.