priest-penitent privilege

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the right of a clergyman to refuse to divulge confidential information received from a person during confession or similar exchanges

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The clergy-penitent privilege, somewhat comparable to the attorney-client privilege, currently allows clergy in Kentucky to refuse to disclose any information communicated to them while they are acting in the role of spiritual adviser or confessor.