Abuse by Priests and Other Clergy

To be abused by a priest or other clergy member can be particularly devastating, involving a huge breach of trust. The Courts have found that sexual abuse by a priest is a breach of fiduciary duty, because priests have a special role of spiritual guidance that gives them psychological power over children. Courts have said that priests are persons of authority in religious matters and have recognized the devastating effects on a child's spirituality when the child is abused by a priest.


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