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The Accuser and the Canonical Process

James T. O’Reilly and Margaret S. P. Chalmers.

in The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Criminal Law; Private International Law and Conflict of Laws. 4923 words.

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...

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2002 and Beyond

James T. O’Reilly and Margaret S. P. Chalmers.

in The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Criminal Law; Private International Law and Conflict of Laws. 6719 words.

The Boston abuse publicity and resulting crisis for the U.S. Catholic Church led to norms to handle the future claim of clergy sexual abuse. The National Review Board was established, but...

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Bankruptcy Issues

James T. O’Reilly and Margaret S. P. Chalmers.

in The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Criminal Law; Private International Law and Conflict of Laws. 4957 words.

U.S. bankruptcy law allows a maker of a bad product to declare bankruptcy, thus forcing all claims to be filed by one date. Despite bad publicity, numerous U.S. Catholic dioceses went into...

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Canonical Penal Trials and Outcomes

James T. O’Reilly and Margaret S. P. Chalmers.

in The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Criminal Law; Private International Law and Conflict of Laws. 13694 words.

U.S. lawyers would not fare well in the canon law trial process as the processes are slow and hierarchical. The tribunal that hears the case sends it up to an appeal panel, and Vatican...

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Church Insurance and Abuse Claims

James T. O’Reilly and Margaret S. P. Chalmers.

in The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Criminal Law; Private International Law and Conflict of Laws. 5613 words.

Insuring churches was a sleepy subset of the casualty carriers‘ business until clergy sex cases and huge payouts led insurers to exclude abuse. Lawyers still push limits of coverage, and...

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The Church’s Internal Big Picture—Governance and Law

James T. O’Reilly and Margaret S. P. Chalmers.

in The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Criminal Law; Private International Law and Conflict of Laws. 10577 words.

In this chapter, canon law inside the church is explained. This has had some influence on case outcomes overall; however, the Vatican is not in total control of local actions. Abuse claims...

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Civil Litigation against Catholic Dioceses, Parishes, and Priests

James T. O’Reilly and Margaret S. P. Chalmers.

in The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Criminal Law; Private International Law and Conflict of Laws. 6909 words.

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...

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Clergy Abuse Issues in Non-Roman Catholic Denominations

James T. O’Reilly and Margaret S. P. Chalmers.

in The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Criminal Law; Private International Law and Conflict of Laws. 1772 words.

Non-Catholic clergy abuse of minors is a well-documented phenomenon in the United States and elsewhere. The difference is in the tight central setting of Vatican policy and strong autonomy...

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The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

James T. O'Reilly and Margaret S.P. Chalmers.

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Book. Subjects: Criminal Law; Private International Law and Conflict of Laws. 472 pages.

Legal disputes over worldwide and U.S. sexual abuse by Catholic priests, and over efforts by Catholic bishops to conceal clerical misconduct, have produced many headlines and public...

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Constitutional Issues

James T. O’Reilly and Margaret S. P. Chalmers.

in The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Criminal Law; Private International Law and Conflict of Laws. 4151 words.

Freedom of religion is an American constitutional bedrock, but unfairness to victims and exposure of diocesan knowledge of past alleged misconduct put pressure on claims that suits in civil...

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