Pastor, Church & Law
Court Decisions Rejecting Negligent Supervision Claims
Key point 10-09.2. Some courts have found churches not liable on the basis of negligent supervision for a worker's acts of child molestation on the ground that the church exercised reasonable care in the supervision of the victim and of its own programs and activities.
This section reviews court decisions in which a church or other religious organization was found not liable on the basis of negligent supervision for a worker's acts of child molestation.
• A federal appeals court ruled that an archdiocese was not responsible for the alleged molestation of a minor by a priest. An adult male sued a priest, a local Catholic church, and an archdiocese claiming that while he was a minor the priest performed illicit sexual acts upon ...
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