Celesq® Programs

The Catholic Church in the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Legal Issues

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This is a comprehensive overview by an attorney who defended the Church for 20 years. How did the sexual abuse crisis start? What was the Church’s response? What must one do to sue the Church? What must one do to defend it? What are special issues that come up? What are the insurance implications? Examples from the presenter’s experience are discussed, and the handling of litigation is uniquely treated in light of the presenter’s previous career as a social worker in which he also dealt with victims (and perpetrators) of sexual abuse. Warning: explicit descriptions are given such as is necessary in this area of litigation. 

Learning objectives: 

  1. Learn how the sexual abuse crisis developed
  2. Understand the corporate structure of the Catholic Church and where it is liable and where it is immune
  3. Understand the operation of revival statutes around the country
  4. Gain practical tips as to the mechanics of both suing the Church and defending it
  5. Learn how to deal with victims as clients and Church personnel as clients

Available in States

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas Self Study

Program Categories

  • Business Organizations & Contracts
  • Complex Litigation
  • Constitutional Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Litigation & Litigation Skills
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Religion
  • Sexual Abuse


  • Areas of Professional Practice : 1 Credit