Church Law & Tax Report

September/October 1993
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar

Court: Church, Diocese Can Be Sued for Priest's Criminal Actions Member access only

Church can be sued for negligence in sexual molestation case.

Church Can Sue City for Damages  Member access only

Broken sewer line caused serious damage to church building.

Dispute Over Minister's Removal Cannot Go to Court Member access only

Civil courts cannot rule on ecclesiastical matters.

Former Teacher Cannot Sue for Defamation Member access only

School officials' comments protected because they were a matter of "common interest."

Ministers Lack Standing to Challenge Denominational Pension Board Member access only

Ministers had issues with pension board's investment practices.

Trial Court Can Resolve Internal Church Dispute Member access only

Both sides had agreed to court's involvement.

Court Upholds Principal's Criminal Conviction Member access only

Principal of religious school convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Minister's Conviction of Child Molestation Upheld Member access only

Minister argued there was lack of evidence for a conviction.