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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

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Tom Harmon

This is a confusing issue, not least because (presumably) most victims of clergy sexual abuse were or are members of the parishes that are now at risk of being punished. Is a parishioner merely a consumer of the goods and services provided by a parish, or an integral member of the parish community? Wouldn't the closing of a parish hurt the individual victim?

If a father sexually abuses his son, would the court order the house sold, the mother and three siblings turned out onto the street, in order to compensate the victimized son?

It doesn't seem to me that the American legal system has the resources to understand what a parish is, or the relationship of the individual member to the body of the parish.

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