Child Abuse Reporting

The Montana Supreme Court reversed a $35 million award in a negligence case against Jehovah’s Witnesses, finding that they are exempt from mandatory child abuse reporting because “canon law, church doctrine, or established church practice required that the reports of abuse in this case be kept confidential.”

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Hundreds of Accused Clergy Left Off Church’s Sex-Abuse Lists

Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children, admitted masturbating in the bushes near a church school and in 2005 was put on a sex offender registry. Yet the former Catholic priest was just this month added to a list of clergy members credibly accused of child sexual abuse — after The Associated Press asked why he was not included.

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