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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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Participants in the Clergy Abuse Case

Participants in the Clergy Abuse Case

(p.47) Chapter 4 Participants in the Clergy Abuse Case
The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

James T. O’Reilly

Margaret S. P. Chalmers

Oxford University Press

Multiple players in response to clergy abuse allegations each have a significant role. Bishops are the central focus, but the Vatican and the Vicar for the Clergy are also involved as well as the diocesan staff. Central roles are also played by the accused abuser and any defense counsel or advocate, as well as the victim, the victim‘s advocate, and the victim‘s family. Other roles are taken by the liability insurer and news media. If done well, the case of an abuse allegation can be handled effectively; but done badly, scandal and suits and bankruptcies have ruined careers and reputations.

Keywords:   bishop, Vatican, vicar, liability insurer, accused abuser

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