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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 Accuser and the Canonical Process

The Accuser and the Canonical Process

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(p.343) Chapter 26 The Accuser and the Canonical Process
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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/9780199937936.003.0026

Victims are more welcomed under the 2002 “Dallas Norms” than before when bishops may have concealed or dismissed these allegations. But internal Church process is complex and tends to delay the claims‘ adjudication inside the canon law process. The chapter describes the role of the accuser, including the accuser‘s entitlement to an advocate, and the accuser‘s rights, including the right to be heard, the right to present any needs stemming from the alleged abuse, and the right to present their claim to civil authorities, as well as the right to reputation and privacy. The chapter also describes the corresponding rights of the accused.

Keywords:   grave delict, promoter of justice, canon law advocates, bishop, review board

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