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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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The Particular Issues of Religious Communities

The Particular Issues of Religious Communities

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(p.297) Chapter 24 The Particular Issues of Religious Communities
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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/9780199937936.003.0024

Within the Catholic Church, some religious groups (Jesuit, Holy Cross, Dominicans, Franciscans) have special status. Several had major sex abuse scandal payments and publicity. Unwinding their issues requires understanding their special roles and methods. The chapter describes in detail the differences between those who live within religious communities and those who function within a diocese, including the bishop‘s authority over members of religious communities. It sets forth how the Norms affect these religious, and attributes the lower rate of sexual abuse claims against the religious to the benefits of a supportive community. It also covers transfers within religious houses and the issue of non-clerical members.

Keywords:   religious orders, canonical faculties, major superiors, Vatican Congregations, canonical advocate

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