Religion: Suing Clergymen for Malpractice

Now parishioners are starting to emulate patients

In simpler times, most Christians felt bound by St. Paul's admonition (in I Corinthians 6) to "suffer yourselves to be defrauded" rather than take a fellow church member to court. That dictum has long been widely ignored. Now, litigious Americans are going even one step further: they are starting to sue the collars off their pastors for malpractice.

Consider the case of the Rev. DeWitt Hill, who preaches a puritanical life-style in his pentecostal church in Little Rock, Ark. A woman in his church was married to a Baptist who, says Hill, "liked to go nightclubbing...

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