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Church Law & Tax Report

November/December 2016
Articles with a Member Access Only are available only to members.

Feature Article

Responding to Anonymous Allegations

Responding to Anonymous Allegations Member access only

An unknown party seriously accuses a church leader. What should be done?


Recent Developments

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

Pastors Can Be Subject to Criminal Penalties for Not Complying with Legal Requirements for Valid Marriage under State Law Member access only

The legal effect of a marriage without a valid license is not the invalidation of the marriage, but rather, criminal sanctions against a minister who knowingly performs a marriage without a license.
Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling

Lay Bible Study Leader Successfully Invokes Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

The privilege was not necessarily precluded or waived by the practitioner's disclosure of statements made to him by the penitent in the course of spiritual counsel