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Confidential and Privileged Communications

A Louisiana court addressed the liability of a church and its pastor for the pastor's unauthorized disclosure of confidential information he obtained from a counselee.

Louisiana
State:
Lann v. Davis, 2001 WL 946583 (La. App. 2001)
Key point.The Clergy-Penitent Privilege Clergy can be liable for disclosing communications shared with them in confidence to others without the permission of the counselee.

A Louisiana court addressed the liability of a church and its pastor for the pastor's unauthorized disclosure of confidential information he obtained from a counselee in the course of a conversation protected by the clergy-penitent privilege.

An adult male ("Tim") received counseling from the pastor of his church "regarding resolution of conflict between himself and his sisters resulting from physical and sexual abuse conducted by their father." He also alleged that counseling sessions "involved extremely sensitive information he had not discussed with anyone for more than 25 years, with the exception of his spouse." However, Tim later discovered ...

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  • November 1, 2001

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