Local Catholics respond to priest talking confession with police

By | September 6, 2019


LAW. DAVID: THE STORY HAS GONE VIRAL. PEOPLE AROUND THE NATION
OUTRAGED THAT A CATHOLIC PRIEST
WOULD BREAK THE SEAL OF
CONFESSION.>>HE CONFESSED TO KILLING HIS
WIFE. DAVID: POLICE IN ERIE,
PENNSYLVANIA GOT A TIP ABOUT A
SUICIDAL MAN THURSDAY AND
SEARCHED THIS HOME WHERE THEY
FOUND JOHN GRAZIOLI’S WIFE SHOT
IN THE HEAD. FATHER MICHAEL POLINEK SAYS
GRAZIOLI ADMITTED TO KILLING
HER.>>HE WAS CALM. HE TOLD ME THAT HE KILLED HIS
WIFE. THAT HE NEEDED TO TALK AND
THAT’S WHAT HE SAID. DAVID: I WENT TO SAINT ANNE
CATHOLIC CHURCH AND SPOKE TO
FATHER IRBY NICHOLS ABOUT
CONFESSIONS IN THE CATHOLIC
CHURCH. HE SAYS THAT CONFESSION MIGHT
NOT HAVE BEEN IN THE CONFESSION
BOOTH.>>IT COULD HAVE BEEN JUST A
CONVERSATION AND IF THAT’S THE
CASE, THAT WOULD BE DIFFERENT. DAVID: BUT IF THAT CONFESSION
WAS GIVEN DURING A HOLY
CONFESSIONAL.>>IT GOES WITH YOU TO THE
GRAVE. DAVID: POLICE SAY THEY’RE
GRATEFUL FOR THE REVEREND’S
HELP. BUT NOW FATHER IRBY SAYS HE
COULD SEE A NEW DILEMMA.>>SOONER OR LATER THEY’RE GOING
TO ASK HIM TO TELL WHAT THE MAN
SAID. AND HE JUST CANNOT DO THAT. DAVID: THAT COULD MEAN
EXCOMMUNICATION FROM THE CHURCH. BUT PROSECUTORS WILL HAVE NO
CHOICE BUT TO ASK THOSE
QUES

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