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Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2005
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Church Membership Subscriber access only

A Texas court ruled that a woman could sue a pastor for disclosing confidential information she had provided to him.

Clergy—Removal - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A Massachusetts court ruled that the civil courts are barred by the first amendment from resolving clergy employment disputes.

Clergy—Removal - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A federal appeals court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment guaranty of religious liberty from resolving a pastor's claim that he had been dismissed by his church because he suffered from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Clergy—Removal - Part 3 Subscriber access only

A federal appeals court ruled that in some cases ministers can pursue sexual harassment claims against an employing church.

Confidential and Privileged Communications Subscriber access only

A Washington court ruled that a confession made to a group of ministers was protected by the clergy-penitent privilege and therefore could not be disclosed to a civil court.

Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities Subscriber access only

A New York court ruled that a religious organization was not responsible for a spontaneous attack inflicted by an adolescent male.

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

An Ohio court ruled that a church and denominational agency could be sued on the basis of negligent retention and breach of a fiduciary duty for the sexual misconduct of a minister.

The Importance of Living Wills Subscriber access only



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Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards Subscriber access only

Be aware of ways you can expose yourself to personal legal liability.
Check-In and Check-Out Procedures

Check-In and Check-Out Procedures Subscriber access only

Learn how to establish check-in procedures that keep children safe.