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Pastor, Church & Law

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

Legal Briefs

Volume 1 . Chapter 3

The increasing secularism of our society has led to a sharp reduction in the number of legal privileges enjoyed by ministers. Nevertheless, some important privileges remain. For example, ministers are exempted from jury duty in some states. They are exempted by federal law from military service. Ministers have the authority in all states to perform marriage ceremonies. However, every state imposes criminal penalties on ministers who solemnize marriages between persons who are not legally capable of marrying, and so it is important for ministers to understand the legal status of such marriages before performing them.

And, confidential communications made to ministers acting in their professional capacity as spiritual advisers generally are protected ...

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