NEW JERSEY: Catholic Diocese Says It’s Not Liable For Molestations Because That’s Not An Official Duty For Priests

Via Raw Story:

Lawyers claim the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, should not be held liable for sexual abuse allegedly committed by a priest because he wasn’t officially “on duty” when he molested a teenage boy. Chris Naples claimed Rev. Terence McAlinden, who once headed the diocese’s youth group, sexually abused him during church-sponsored trips to Delaware in the 1980s. But diocese lawyers told the Delaware Supreme Court that McAlinden was not officially on duty when the abuse took place. “You can determine a priest is not on duty when he is molesting a child, for example,” the attorney argued. “A priest abusing a child is absolutely contrary to the pursuit of his master’s business, to the work of a diocese.”

Unbelievable.

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