Church Law & Tax Report
Articles with a are available only to members.
Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Denominations' Liability for Sexual Misconduct Occurring in Churches
This case will be of interest to denominational officers.
Former Church Member Challenges Dismissal
Civil courts cannot resolve such cases.
Church Business Meetings
Removal of Church Elders
Established church procedures must be followed.
Breach of Contract; Retirement Plans
Termination of Retirement Benefits
Court rules that retired pastor can sue his former church for breaching its promise to pay him in retirement.
Fiduciary Duty; Retirement Plans
Fiduciary Duties of Pension Plans
Do pension plans have a duty to warn of the tax consequences of withdrawing funds?
Relevance of Previous Criminal Acts to Employment Decisions
Are prior criminal acts relevant in deciding whether to use a worker?
School Facility Use
Court rules that school may not forbid the use of its gymnasium for a baccalaureate service.
Court Jurisdiction Over Church Disputes
Civil courts will not intervene in ecclesiastical matters.
Termination of Seminary Professors
Court rules that professor cannot sue for wrongful dismissal.
Confidential and Privileged Communications
Use of the Clergy-Penitent Privilege
When can the privilege be raised?
Instructional Purposes as "Fair Use" of Copyrighted Materials
Making copies of works for this purpose does not constitute "fair use".