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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Instructional Aids

Volume 1 . Chapter 3

Key Terms

clergy-penitent privilege

confidential communications


conscientious objector

customary vocation

Defense of Marriage act


duly ordained ministers of religion



regular ministers of religion

Learning Objectives

• Describe a minister's legal authority. • Identify the legal requirements that clergy must follow in performing marriage ceremonies. • Explain the status of clergy, and theology students, under the Selective Service Act. • Understand the nature and purpose of the clergy-penitent privilege, and apply it to a variety of factual circumstances. • Understand whether or not a minister has a legal duty to report known or reasonably ...

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