Legal Defense

When sued, how should the church behave?


How can the Catholic Church justify defending itself against lawsuits brought by those who claim to be the victims of sexual abuse by priests? Should not the church, in all honesty and humility, and in the spirit of penitence, work things out quietly with the plaintiffs’ lawyers, and pay out the cash damages they demand? Isn’t legal resistance-and sometimes vigorous resistance-simply a perpetuation of the pattern of cover-ups that helped...

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