priest-penitent privilege definition
Disclosures made to clergy members while in active practice of their clerical duties as spiritual advisors are protected from disclosure. Some states have broadened this privilege to include marriage counselors as well as those giving counsel for other difficulties.
It is essential to the free exercise of a religion, that its ordinances should be administered - that its ceremonies as well as its essentials should be protected. Secrecy is of the essence of penance. The sinner will not confess, nor will the priest receive his confession, if the veil of secrecy is removed: To decide that the minister shall promulgate what he receives in confession, is to declare that there shall be no penance..."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priest-penitent_privilege
If you don't think this is serious go ask anyone in the Roman Catholic church how they would respond to a priest telling the name of a person who had confessed in the confessional and what they had told him. Then ask them how they would feel if the order to do that came from the Pope.
If this is a handling for the pickets, protests and criticism it comes from David, chairman of the board, Miscavige.
This isn't scientology shooting itself in the foot. This is scientology shooting itself in the head.
Oh how loud did the "church" howl when the government raided them & confiscated their "priest-penitent privilege" documents back in the day?
NOBODY had a right to peruse those files because they were confidential--and the church was serious biz when it came to that, right?
They were a legitimate religion. A religion that deserved all of the rights that other religions were allowed, right??
By overtly violating the priest-penitent privilege, the church has tanked it's credibility.
Scientology = Deliberate Trust Violations = Head Bullet = Tanked = Game Ovah.