This Week's LessonWeek of January 13
This lesson covers the topic of the clergy privilege. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the following quiz.
Certain communications that are made to ministers, in confidence, are "privileged." This means that the minister, or counselee, cannot be forced to disclose the content of the communications in a court of law. Ministers often are asked to testify in court in criminal trials regarding conversations they had with a criminal defendant, or in divorce cases regarding conversations they had with one of the spouses, and so new ministers should be familiar with the basic requirements of the "clergy-penitent" privilege. This lesson reviews what you need to know.