Key point 10-18.03. There are several legal defenses available to a denominational agency that is sued as a result of the acts or obligations of affiliated clergy and churches. These include a lack of temporal control over clergy and churches; a lack of official notice of a minister's prior wrongdoing in accordance with the denomination's governing documents; lack of an agency relationship; the prohibition by the First Amendment of any attempt by the civil courts to impose liability on religious organizations in a way that would threaten or alter their polity; and elimination or modification of the principle of joint and several liability.
There are a number of legal defenses available to a denominational agency that is sued as a result of the acts or obligations of affiliated ministers or churches. Some of these are the same that are available to local churches, and they are addressed ...
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