Again outlaw and sparowdown. you try to over simplify things. lets again take the state of Louisiana. No matter what watchtower says as to what elders are, the definition of confession and clergy is defined by statute. No matter what watchtower says the law is the law.
*728 (15) “Mandatory reporter” is any of the following individuals....:
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(c) “Member of the clergy” is any priest, rabbi, duly ordained clerical deacon or minister, Christian Science practitioner, or other similarly situated functionary of a religious organization, except that he is not required to report a confidential communication, as defined in Code of Evidence Article 511,
from a person to a member of the clergy who, in the course of the discipline or practice of that church,**6 denomination, or organization, is authorized or accustomed to hearing confidential communications, and under the discipline or tenets of the church,
denomination, or organization has a duty to keep such communications confidential.
In that instance, he shall encourage that person to report the allegations to the appropriate authorities in accordance with Article 610.
A. Definitions. As used in this Article:(1) A “clergyman” is a minister, priest, rabbi, Christian Science practitioner, or other similar functionary of a religious organization, or an individual reasonably believed so to be by the person consulting him.(2) A communication is “confidential” if it is made privately and not intended for further disclosure
except to other persons present in furtherance of the purpose of the communication.B. General rule of privilege. A person has a privilege
to refuse to disclose and to prevent another person from disclosing a confidential communication by the person to a clergyman
in his professional character as spiritual adviser.C. Who may claim the privilege. The privilege may be claimed by the person
or by his legal representative. The clergyman is presumed to have authority to claim the privilege on behalf of the person or deceased person.