The Catholic Question in America: Whether a Roman Catholic Clergyman Be in Any Case Compellable to Disclose the Secrets of Auricular Confessions; Decided at the Court of General Sessions in the City of New-York (Classic Reprint)
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This case, like many others of importance, had itls origin in a trivial occasions One Philips, together with his wife, was indicted for a misdemeanor in receiving stolen goods, the property of J ames Keating. The fish lant justices of the police discovered that after lodg ing his information before them he had received restitu tion and thereupon had him brought up and ihterrogated him with a view to further discovery. He shewed so much unwillingness to answer, that suspicions fell upon him and he was threatened with a commitment to bride well. He was admonished that it was his duty on his oath to reveal the whole truth, and the duty of magis trates to enquire into it, and to enforce obedience to the law. He then mentioned that he had received the res titution of his efi'eets from the hands of his pastor, the Reverend Mr. Kohlmann, Rector of Saint Peter's.
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