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CONFESSOR, evid. A priest of some Christian sect, who receives an account of the sins of his people, and undertakes to give them absolution of their sins.
     2. The general rule on the subject of giving evidence of confidential communications is, that the privilege is confined to counsel, solicitors, and attorneys, and the interpreter between the counsel and the client. Vide Confidential Communications. Contrary to this general rule, it has been decided in New York, that a priest of the Roman Catholic denomination could not be compelled to divulge secrets which he had received in auricular confession. 2 City Hall Rec. 80, n.; Joy on Conf. Sec. 4, p. 49. See Bouv. Inst. n. 3174 and note.

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"When the confessor becomes aware of the presence of genuine spiritual disturbances 6 that may be in large part psychic, and therefore must be confirmed by means of healthy collaboration with the human sciences 6 he must not hesitate to refer the issue to those who, in the diocese, are charged with this delicate and necessary ministry, namely, exorcists." 
Lawrence Abello was one of the spiritual guides and confessors, homilist and consultant.
Another positive representation of a woman serving as confessor appears in the final tale of the collection.
A priest can be a confessor granting absolution and also a spiritual director.
But little attention has been paid to women and the confessional, especially to the spiritual friendship between female penitents and their confessors. Stephen Haliczer's important work on Sexuality in the Confessional (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996) was limited to one geographic area, and Thomas Tentler's Sin and Confession on the Eve of the Reformation (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1977) focused on a limited period of time.
In the title of chapter 3, "Whose 'Life' Is This Anyway?" Bilinkoff suggests the frequent intrusion of confessors' autobiographies into biographies of the saints.
His evidence suggests that the relationship between these mystics and their confessors do not yet reflect a system of discrete, separate spheres of power, for Ekbert controlled who had access to Elizabeth's visions, and Guibert--though Hildegard resisted this characterization--framed Hildegard's visions as a part of her monastic calling, shared by himself and, indeed, all religious.
Here we encounter firsthand accounts of spiritually exceptional women who yearned for spiritual direction, expressing joy and relief when they were finally matched with responsive male confessors. For their part, these priests also hungered for intimacy with these exemplary women, seeking inspiration and even legitimization in their ties to them.
Confessors expected listeners to be trustworthy and able to empathize and help them feel accepted.
The new design means the confessors and the priest will be seen, but not heard, outside the confessional and by doing so protect the priest and the confessor.
The new design means the confessors and priest will be seen, but not heard, outside the confessional.