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February 20, 2003

Separation of church and state permits abuse, claims archdiocese.

by Feòrag

An attempt by the Archdiocese of Boston to prevent them being sued over the child abuse scandal by using the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States has failed.

The Boston Archdiocese, home to about 2.1 million Catholics, argued that the separation of church and state prevented civil courts from making judgments on how it supervised priests. The archdiocese made the claim, in part, to satisfy insurance carriers that it was making an exhaustive legal effort to avoid big-ticket judgments.

The Archdiocese is accused of deliberately covering-up claims of abuse by its priests and of moving abusive priests to other parishes without warning their new congregations. Judge Rejects First Amendment Claim by Church - AZCentral, 20th February 2003 (personally I blame Mike Holmes for drawing this to my attention).

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