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Privilege and Confidentiality: The Righteous Use of Shared Information

From time to time many Christians and ministers find themselves in the difficult situation where they possess information that was given to them confidentially and yet they cannot use that information in any constructive way. It seems that if a person prefaces their remarks with a statement such as "This is confidential and it cannot leave this room" or, "Don't tell anyone I told you this," then no matter what follows those statements it is presumed that we are morally bound to keep them secret. How can we promise to keep secret that which we do not yet know? Such unconditional commitments must be avoided if we are to be faithful to Christ. Pastors may especially find themselves in this situation and therefore must make it clear what limitations apply to these situations.