Is the Catholic Church Liable for Damage Caused by Pedophile Priests?


the Roman Catholic Church

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Wilk, A. (2019) “Is the Catholic Church Liable for Damage Caused by Pedophile Priests?”, Scientific Journal of Bielsko-Biala School of Finance and Law. Bielsko-Biała, PL, 23(2), pp. 61–68. doi: 10.5604/01.3001.0013.6519.


The article refers to the subject matter of the responsibility of the Roman Catholic Church and its legal persons for the damages related to sexual abuse of children committed by priests. The Author quotes relevant American experience as well possible bases of liability to be found in Polish law. The article also analyzes possible problems connected with practical application of legal regulations referring to vicarious liability in the light of the specifics of the Church.

The papers published in the ASEJ Journal (alternate title: Zeszyty Naukowe Wyższej Szkoły Finansów i Prawa w Bielsku-Białej) - published by the University of Applied Sciences in Bielsko-Biała, are online open access distributed (Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY-NC 4.0 license). The Publisher cannot be held liable for the graphic material supplied. The printed version is the original version of the issued Journal. Responsibility for the content rests with the authors and not upon the Scientific Journal or Bielsko-Biala School of Finance and Law.


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