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
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.