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‘Spiritual Adviser’ Limits of Clergy-Penitent Privilege Outlined by Massachusetts Court Ruling Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

11,000 Nonprofits Lose Status Member access only

A Teacher Was Not Barred from Suing a Christian College for Discrimination Member access only

Ministerial Exception

Audits Member access only

Church Records

Building Projects Member access only

Can a Denominational Office Be Held Liable for a Pastor's Sexual Misconduct? Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Case Demonstrates Legal Risks in Providing Negative References to Other Employers Member access only

Employment Practices

Charitable Contributions - Part 2 Member access only

Charitable Contributions

Church Not Liable for Molestation Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Not Responsible for Sexual Abuse of a Minor Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Churches' Interiors as Landmarks Member access only

Church Property; Freedom of Religion

Clergy—Removal Member access only

Confidentiality During Spiritual Counsel Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Counseling Center's Request for Building Permit Denied Member access only

Church Property; Counseling; Zoning

Court Refused to Order a Church to Honor the Real Estate Contract Member access only

Church Property; Contracts

Court Ruled that a Proposed State Law Providing a Tax Deduction for Education Expenses Violated the State Constitution Member access only

Freedom of Religion; Schools

Defamatory Statements Member access only

Defamation; Schools

Disaffiliated Church Allowed to Retain Property Member access only

Church Property

Fundraising and Designated Gifts Member access only

Charitable Contributions

Internal Revenue Service Member access only