Holding Bishops Accountable How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse

ISBN-10: 0674028104

ISBN-13: 9780674028104

Edition: 2008

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The sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy is arguably the most acute crisis Catholicism has faced since the Reformation. The prevalence of clergy sexual abuse and its shocking cover-up by church officials have obscured the largely untold story of the tort systemrsquo;s remarkable success in bringing the scandal to light, focusing attention on the need for institutional reform, and spurring church leaders and public officials into action. Stories of the tort system as an engine of social justice are rare. Holding Bishops Accountable tells one such story by revealing how pleadings, discovery documents, and depositions fueled media coverage of the scandal. Timothy Lytton shows how the litigation strategy of plaintiffsrsquo; lawyers gave rise to a widespread belief that the real problem was not the actions of individual priests but rather the churchrsquo;s massive institutional failure. The book documents how church and government policymakers responded to the problem of clergy sexual abuse only under the pressure of private lawsuits. As Lytton deftly demonstrates, the lessons of clergy sexual abuse litigation give us reason to reconsider the case for tort reform and to look more closely at how tort litigation can enhance the performance of public and private policymaking institutions.
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Book details

List price: $45.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/30/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 238
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298

Timothy D. Lytton is the Albert and Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School.

Timeline of Events
Introduction
An Overview of Clergy Sexual Abuse Litigation
A Short History
Statistics
Legal Issues
Litigation and Policymaking
Framing Clergy Sexual Abuse as a Problem of Institutional Failure
Placing Clergy Sexual Abuse on Policy Agendas
Uncovering Concealed Information
Tort Litigation as a Policy Venue
Assessing the Results of Clergy Sexual Abuse Litigation
The Complementary Policymaking Role of Tort Litigation
Appendixes
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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