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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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Responses Vary Inside and Outside the United States

Responses Vary Inside and Outside the United States

(p.187) Chapter 18 Responses Vary Inside and Outside the United States
The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

James T. O’Reilly

Margaret S. P. Chalmers

Oxford University Press

Reputation damage was severe for the U.S. Catholic Church. The Vatican distanced itself as much as possible from clergy sex cases. Poor handling of public news media also harmed the Church. As part of this discussion, the chapter provides an overview of the relationships among the Church hierarchy, including the Vatican‘s authority (or lack thereof) over bishops and the role of the U.S. Conference of Bishops, all in an attempt to dispel the concept that the Church functions as do other mega-institutions such as corporations in the control it has over its levels. Finally the chapter addresses the effects of diplomacy and Vatican litigation on the universal Church, and the fiscal responsibility of the Church in other nations.

Keywords:   Vatican, Conference of Bishops, immunity, media, hierarchy

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