Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Human Resources: Church says priest had a contract with God, not the church

The ABC reports that an Australian Supreme Court has been told the Catholic Church cannot be sued for the alleged actions of a priest because the priest had a contract with God, rather than the church.

John Andrew Ellis alleges repeated abuse by Aidan Duggan, who was an assistant priest at the Bass Hill parish, where Mr Ellis was an altar boy.

His lawyer says his client is not disputing the argument by the church that Mr Duggan was not one of its employees.

"We ask the rhetorical question, is effectively the church immune from suit," he said.

Full article: Alleged abuse victim seeks permission to sue church