Hidden in the Shadows: The Perilous Use of ADR by the Catholic Church
Keywordsalternative dispute resolution
Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
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AbstractThis article begins with a history of sexual abuse cases in the Catholic Church by exploring the church autonomy doctrine, allegations and investigations, and the Church's stance on abuse cases. The discussion then turns to the current state of events and reform measures the Church is taking to deter further criticism. The main body of the article examines the parties and interests involved in the dispute, factors for a successful mediation and the Church's current use of ADR. Finally, the article concludes that ADR, despite its unique advantages in satisfying some of the parties' interests, fails to meet many of the factors necessary for a truly successful resolution.