Vicarious liability for sexual abuse committed by priests
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This is another example from the ongoing litigation between victims of abuse and the Catholic Church, which for years has turned a blind eye or covered up the abuse of children. Pinning liability on the Vatican is something of a "Holy Grail" in this area of the law, and it is understood that the District Court's decision will be appealed.
This year, in JGE v English Province the English Court of Appeal held that a priest who had abused children at home, whilst working for the Diocese could make his employers liable for the abuse.
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