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Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 1988
Articles with a Member Access Only are available only to members.


Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Income Taxes - Clergy

Clergy Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling; Ministerial Exception

Court Refused to Extend the Clergy-Penitent Privilege to an Unordained, Self-Proclaimed Minister Member access only

District of Columbia
Freedom of Religion; Schools

Court Concluded District's Civil Rights Act Did Require Equal Access to University Facilities and Services Member access only

University was sued by various homosexual student groups for its refusal to officially recognize them.
Insurance; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities; Schools

Court Ruled That a Quadriplegic Student Could Not Sue Church Officials for Failing to Obtain Adequate Insurance Member access only

New York
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities; Schools

Court Permitted Student to Sue His Church-Operated High School for Injuries in Football Game Member access only

On Church Property or During Church Activities
Child Abuse; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Court Ruled Church Was Not Liable for Repeated Acts of Sexual Assault by a Sunday School Teacher Member access only


Q&A: Will Our Tax-Exempt Status Be Jeopardized if We Encourage a Senate Confirmation of a Federal Judge?

The answer revolves around whether your church's actions were substantial in nature and constituted an attempt to influence legislation.