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The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

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


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 discussion. However, the precise legal issues involved remain a mystery to most observers. In The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses, James T. O‘Reilly and Margaret Poll Chalmers examine the role of canon law in these cases and the interplay between the global church-based law and the laws of individual jurisdictions where criminal actions and lawsuits are brought. Although the principal jurisdiction u ... More

Keywords: sexual abuse, Catholic priests, canon law, jurisprudence, duty of care, tort law, respondeat superior theory, comparative law

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199937936
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James T. O'Reilly, author
University of Cincinnati College of Law

Margaret S.P. Chalmers, author
Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter; Canonical practice with Canon Law Professionals

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Part One Context and Background

Part Two Civil Litigation

Part Three Handling Abuse Claims

Part Four Other Related Issues