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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Instructional Aids

Volume 1 . Chapter 4

Key Terms

alienation of affections

assumption of risk

child abuse

comparative negligence

contributory negligence


emotional distress

fiduciary duty

imputed negligence

intentional infliction of emotional distress

invasion of privacy


mandatory reporter

Nally case


outrageous conduct

permissive reporter

Privacy Act of 1974


respondeat superior


sexual harassment

statute of limitations

sunshine laws

undue influence

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the legal concept of negligence, and its application to clergy and churches.
  • Define the term defamation, and explain its application to clergy both as plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation.

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