Why Can’t Priests Break the Seal of Confession?

A state in Australia passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of confession. Cale talks about this and the nature of confession as a whole. Why can’t priests break the seal? What is the biblical basis for the sacrament of confession?
Caller question: Can Pope Francis intervene in this situation?
Caller question: What is the priest supposed to do if a person tells him they are planning on committing suicide? Can they break the seal then?
Also discussed: How confession changed an NFL football player’s life.

Cale Clarke is the host of both The Cale Clarke Show and The Faith Explained on Relevant Radio. On The Faith Explained, Cale dives deep into Scriptures, the Catechism and Sacred Tradition to bring an in-depth look at what the Catholic Church Believes. On the Cale Clarke Show, Cale unpacks how a Catholic perspective affects the nitty-gritty of everyday life. He also looks at what's happening in the culture through a Catholic Lens.