Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 2005
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Articles

Compensation and Benefits Member access only

A Maryland court ruled that it was not barred from resolving a lawsuit claiming the church acted improperly in paying off the home mortgage loans of the church's pastor.

Recent Developments

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

Child Abuse Reporting Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a church was not liable for a minister's acts of child molestation on the basis of a failure to comply with the state child abuse reporting law.
Minnesota

Child Abuse Reporting Member access only

A Minnesota court ruled that a failure by church leaders to report known cases of child abuse as required by state child abuse reporting law did not expose the church to liability.

Church Membership Member access only

An Illinois court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment from resolving a lawsuit brought by a dismissed member of an orthodox Jewish community

Church Property - Part 1 Member access only

A Connecticut court ruled that a denominational agency had no authority to retain the property of a church that voted to withdraw.

Church Property - Part 2 Member access only

A Georgia court concluded that a local church's attempt to disaffiliate from a parent denomination failed because the church did not comply with procedural requirements.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers Member access only

A federal court in Connecticut ruled that a woman who had been molested by a priest when she was a minor could sue her church.