Posts Tagged ‘defamation’

Former deacon’s lawsuit against Texas diocese goes to state Supreme Court

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

The Texas Supreme Court agreed June 5 to review an appeal by the Diocese of Lubbock over a former deacon’s defamation lawsuit against it. The suit, which lower courts said could proceed, sought more than $1 million in damages from the diocese claiming it had falsely included the former deacon in its published list last Read more

Tauranga priest is suing Church for racial harassment

Monday, July 17th, 2017

A Tauranga priest is suing the Catholic Church over claims of racial harassment and exploitation. Father Alex Kapiarumala left India to work as a priest in Bay of Plenty nine years ago. He said he quickly became ostracised by certain colleagues, as well as deceived, exploited and stereotyped for his Indian heritage. Continue reading

Samoa stigmata claim – Defamation case goes Supreme Court

Monday, June 26th, 2017

The Samoa Observer Newspaper has filed a statement of defense against a $700,000 lawsuit for defamation brought against it by former EFKS Reverend Opapo Soanai Oeti and his daughter, Toaipuapuaga  (Toa) Patrick. The matter was called before the Supreme Court last week. The lawsuit for defamation concerns the publication by the Samoa Observer of a Read more

Craig, Slater clash about whether you can speak to God

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Colin Craig and Cameron Slater have clashed at the High Court in Auckland over whether it’s possible to speak to God. The former Conservative Party leader and the Whaleoil blogger are suing each other for defamation. “Not one of my Christian friends ever talks about speaking with God,” Slater said on Thursday while being cross Read more

Stigmata woman’s father to take action in defamation

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Reverend Opapo Soana’i Oeti says he plans to to take action in defamation after accusation made against him and his family in a FaceBook blog. The blog was also published in the Samoa Observer. Opapo is the father of Toaipuapuaga (Toa), the woman who is said to have received stigmata. He told the online news source Read more

UK priest guilty of defamation over gay bullying slurs

Friday, April 24th, 2015

A priest who alleged a gay mafia was behind bullying in the Scottish church has been found guilty of defamation. A Church tribunal found that Fr Matthew Despard of St John Ogilvie in Lanarkshire had injured the reputation of the Church as well as clergy and lay people. Already under suspension, he will be removed Read more

Archdiocese defends Cardinal Pell against ‘defamatory’ report

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The archdiocese of Sydney has denounced as “utterly false and seriously defamatory” a news service report that claimed Cardinal George Pell had no chance of being elected pope because he was “tainted by sex abuse scandals”. The archdiocese said the report by Fairfax media misrepresented the outcome of a 2002 inquiry into an allegation against Read more