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FRIDAY, NOV 11, 2011  |  14 comments
Miami jury awards record $100M for alleged priest sex abuse
A Miami civil jury has awarded a record $100 million to a man who accused a former Catholic priest of drugging and raping him when he was a teen, according to local news reports.

The victim was 14 years old in 1986 when the Rev. Neil Doherty began the alleged abuse, The Miami Herald writes. The jury awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $90 million in punitive damages.


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News Item11/11/11 6:32 PM
RP  Find all comments by RP
Ebed Melek wrote:
Not would, but should.
Would if he has given his hand to God and like David is a man with a heart after God's own heart; otherwise he will have to realize the end of Covenant breaking as all Covenant breakers do/will. As for Yehoshua and his house they will serve the Lord, knowing that the only true and faithful covenanters are found in Him.

Like, good king Josiah he will ensure God's house is purged from corruption and that is done by giving the Kirk the peace she needs to flourish by leading a quiet life. He may also call the ministry to duty and to fulfill her Covenanted attainments, then God will bless him and his posterity.

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News Item11/11/11 5:08 PM
Obtuse  Find all comments by Obtuse
Dial 9-1-1 on your cell or tell your mom he's hurting you. It's not that hard folks.

Why didn't these abused boys (or those who knew) call the cops that day? There's been phone service to almost every U.S. home since WWII.

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News Item11/11/11 4:41 PM
CAS | S.Cal  Find all comments by CAS
$100 Civil award aside, RCC/church child sex abuse scandals should lead to potential jail sentences for organizational leadership that lies and enbales abuse to continue as appears to be the case with Penn State officials currently being investigated for the horrific scandal at that institution.
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News Item11/11/11 4:37 PM
Ebed Melek  Find all comments by Ebed Melek
RP wrote:
A lawful king would be in subjection to David's son and David's Lord.
Not would, but should.

RP wrote:
he would have God's house in order a true gospel ministry
That is not within his realm or authority.

jpw wrote:
but why aren't there criminal proceedings?
Probably two reasons:
1. The greater burden of proof required for a criminal conviction.
2. The lawyers advised their private client to go after the deep pockets and enrich himself, and pay a very large cut to his ..... lawyers.

Sadly, the law and justice are two very different things today.

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News Item11/11/11 4:22 PM
jpw  Find all comments by jpw
the only just way to deal with crime, such as this is, is for the individual to be held criminally responsible under a court of law for their crime. Taking money from everyone in an organization does nothing to hold the person responsible. I understand why people take this route, but why aren't there criminal proceedings?

And no, this kind of thing is not just happening in RCC. The most protective place, in most cases, is the natural-born family, when families are divided or children sent to places with no oversight, all I can say is, God take care of them.

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News Item11/11/11 4:18 PM
RP  Find all comments by RP
Ebed Melek wrote:
Ever wondered why America's legal system is in such a sorry litigation obsessed ...
Only compensatory damages are appropriate.
It is the role of the King (and lame modern impersonations thereof) to punish the evildoer on behalf of the nation - in a criminal trial.
Well, king Ehud interesting moniker. A lawful king would be in subjection to David's son and David's Lord. He would not be an Erastian king, he would have God's house in order a true gospel ministry and of course he and his privy counsel would rule under God's Law as Creator of all men and Redeemer of His heritage the Church/Kirk, seperate institutions. We are not even close to any such thing until God acts.
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News Item11/11/11 4:10 PM
Obtuse  Find all comments by Obtuse
Most single men are predators. Because marriage is magical, priests should be allowed to marry to eliminate abuse in the Catholic Church.

NTB wrote:
However, there are tens of millions of latchkey children who are extremely vulnerable. Who'll watch out for them if the church is forced to eliminate these adjacent ministries?
Only women and married men, who are inherently holy, should care for these dear children. The cost for liability insurance for them would be almost nothing.
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News Item11/11/11 4:05 PM
John UK | Wales  Contact via emailFind all comments by John UK
NTB wrote:
There are tens of millions of latchkey children who are extremely vulnerable. Who'll watch out for them?
Obviously not the Roman Catholic priests, as we already know.
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News Item11/11/11 3:55 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
I don't know since I haven't tracked tort awards. But it may be a blessing in disguise – maybe churches will be forced to either pay higher liability insurance, or stop doing stuff God never commanded.
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News Item11/11/11 3:51 PM
NTB  Find all comments by NTB
If a public school teacher sexually abuses a child, the award will be lower than if it's a guilty Christian pastor? If so, this isn't an equitable and just process. What is the range of public school payouts for those who are sexually abused?

Why do churches have schools, daycares, after school programs, homeless shelters, Sunday school, buses or orphanages? In a litigious society, wouldn't it be wise to eliminate these liabilities?

However, there are tens of millions of latchkey children who are extremely vulnerable. Who'll watch out for them if the church is forced to eliminate these adjacent ministries?

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News Item11/11/11 3:37 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Since child–care & the like is not an explicitly Biblical church responsibility, they deserve to get sued like this if abuse occurs. If they want to act like businesses, then they should expect the same risks & liabilities.

And anyhow, why should we trust church personnel any more than, say, secular child-care workers? Any fool can say he's a Christian, esp. one who wants to get his hands on your child. Such criminals are excellent actors.

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News Item11/11/11 3:25 PM
NTB  Find all comments by NTB
If your pastor abused a child, could your church withstand a $100 million award?

Perhaps these payouts go beyond justice and are a good excuse to exterminate Christian denominations as they are sued by their former (sexually, physically, psychologically or spiritually abused and disgruntled) members.

The judicial system cuts both ways: punishes the guilty and compensates the injured.

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News Item11/11/11 3:14 PM
Ebed Melek  Find all comments by Ebed Melek
Ever wondered why America's legal system is in such a sorry litigation obsessed state?

Punitive damages in a civil suit are themselves abusive. Further, the payment $90 million to one victim may prevent the payment of compensatory damages to other victims.

Only compensatory damages are appropriate.

It is the role of the King (and lame modern impersonations thereof) to punish the evildoer on behalf of the nation - in a criminal trial.

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News Item11/11/11 3:01 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
The ongoing tragedy of the Romish Church, Abuse in the Catholic Church, for the Abuse by priests is not the only problem, for The Scandal of the Catholic Priesthood is that it exists at all in a church that calls itself Christian.
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