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Church Law & Tax Report

September/October 2005
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Feature Article

Charities Come Under Increased Scrutiny Member access only

How are churches affected?

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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Mississippi
Confidential and Privileged Communications

Confidential and Privileged Communications - Part 1 Member access only

Pastors who know that a meeting is being secretly tape recorded may be personally liable on the basis of fraudulent concealment.

Confidential and Privileged Communications - Part 2 Member access only

Clergy can be liable for disclosing communications shared with them in confidence to others without the permission of the counselee.

Clergy—Removal Member access only

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that the so-called "ministerial exception" did not require the dismissal of a sex discrimination lawsuit.
Federal
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

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

A federal appeals court ruled that various church agencies and officers could not be liable on the basis of negligence for the sexual molestation.

Employment Practices - Part 1 Member access only

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that a church-operated school did violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Employment Practices - Part 2 Member access only

An Ohio court refused to review a decision by a church-operated school to dismiss a teacher for entering into a marriage in violation of church teachings.