I recently spoke to one of my (catholic) highschool teachers who was then not a priest but is now a priest.
We were talking, and he mentioned he knew one of my professors during my graduate studies.
I asked him how he knew my professor, and he told me 'confession'.
Is that allowed? Well obviously the contents of the confessions are confidential, but is the fact that this person goes to confession with a certain priest not held in confidence?
I asked him if it was allowed, and he said yes.
Any idea what's the difference between talking to priests and talking to psychiatrists?
Afaik, psychiatrists don't disclose that a certain patient consults with them.
On the one hand, seeing psychiatrists isn't as common among humans as confession is among Catholics so I guess there's no stigma in a Catholic seeing or having seen a priest or a particular priest and hence no reason to keep such confidential.
On the other hand, priests seem to have stricter confidentiality laws than psychiatrists: They can't disclose death threats if it would break confidentiality right?
It seems weird to me that death threats cannot be disclosed if it would break confidentiality but that someone goes to a certain priest for confession is not confidential.