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The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses$
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James T. O'Reilly and Margaret S.P. Chalmers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937936.001.0001

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Impact of Abuse Cases on External Relations of the Catholic Church

Impact of Abuse Cases on External Relations of the Catholic Church

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(p.181) Chapter 17 Impact of Abuse Cases on External Relations of the Catholic Church
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The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses
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James T. O’Reilly

Margaret S. P. Chalmers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937936.003.0017

The U.S. Catholic Church lost moral authority among elected officials and in government circles. Fights against reopening of the sex claim limit laws damaged the external image of the Church‘s stature on public issues. Fallout also occurred over defense strategies in which civil defense lawyers advised the Church to take hard-nosed positions in which attacking the victim and the victim‘s family, withholding information, etc. was preferred to conciliation and trying to make the victim whole. Cover-up and secrecy claims diminished public alliances of the U.S. Catholic church on other issues, such promoting restrictions on abortion and same-sex marriage bans.

Keywords:   lobbying, influence, reopener, limitations, moral authority, limitations

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