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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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Civil Litigation against Catholic Dioceses, Parishes, and Priests

Civil Litigation against Catholic Dioceses, Parishes, and Priests

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(p.31) Chapter 3 Civil Litigation against Catholic Dioceses, Parishes, and Priests
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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/9780199937936.003.0003

The U.S. experience with mishandling by church leaders of abuse allegations teaches other nations and churches of the need for clear norms that are consistently followed, especially because U.S. Catholic church history needs to learn from past mistakes. The chapter discusses the lawsuit procedure, from the identification of parties to the filing of the suit, discovery and pretrial matters, news media involvement, and trial and appeal, as well as the role of limitations in barring certain suits. It discusses how the pending lawsuit impacts the bishop, diocese, and parish, including its funding and assets, and the role of the news media.

Keywords:   lawsuits, limitations, bishop, diocese, parish, funding, asset, news media

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