What is the legal status of catholic priests in the United States?
March 27, 2010 7:44 PM Subscribe
With all the discussions around catholic priest abusing children and the police considering any report of such abuse as not part of their jurisdiction, I was wondering what the legal status of a catholic priest in the United States would be?
posted by TNLNYC to law & government (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm assuming that American priests do carry an American passport and, as such, are US citizens? But do they also have citizenship from the Vatican? And if so, are they immune to prosecutions from crimes like the abuse crimes that have been reported in the news? Are there any tricky jurisdictional issues in dealing with priests breaking the law?
And, if that's the case, is that the issue only with catholicism or is the same true of every religion?