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Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2005
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A Texas court ruled that a woman could sue a pastor for disclosing confidential information she had provided to him.

Clergy—Removal - Part 1 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member access only



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Dealing with Dangerous People

Dealing with Dangerous People Member access only

This resource goes through safety measures to ward off dangerous individuals from entering your church.
Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches

Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches Member access only

Richard Hammar explains how to avoid copyright infringement.