Law & Order: Season 12, Episode 11

The Collar (9 Jan. 2002)

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A priest is murdered in his confessional, but another priest was the actual target. However, the targeted priest refuses to cooperate with the investigation, claiming that his communication with the killer is privileged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Father Evans
Dick Latessa ...
Agustin Rodriguez ...
Angel Cabrera
Dana Bauer
Kent Broadhurst ...
Bill Cwikowski ...
Allan Boswell
Det. Ronald Murphy


When s priest is killed in the confessional, an investigation into to who may have wanted him dead is conducted. They soon discover that at the time he was in the confessional, another priest was suppose to be there. The investigation takes an unexpected turn when they find out that the priest knows more but is unwilling to tell them. Written by

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Faith vs Moral vs Law
4 May 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode sets the stage on the conflict between the "authority" or the priority of faith, moral and law in the matter of the knowledge and admission of a murder.

Individual, religious and legal interests are concurrently valid on the issue, but which one takes precedence over the other. It is all too easy to answer this if one takes a position based on his persona, but it is more difficult when we must consider these codes of conduct as inherently and equally just and reasonable.

The issue is not which one to seek the truth since all 3 know it. The issue is which one must ultimately be taken to deal with the most serious of consequences of human behaviour. What drives such a decision: loss, authority, idea, hope, lie, interest, punishment or salvation?

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