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  •  With all due respect ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... this is bull (And not papal!)

    The insurance company is contractually obligated under the insurance policy to defend the claim, and the Church is contractually obligated to allow said insurance company to mount such defenses to claims as the insurance company deems legal and proper.
    The Church is the defendant here, not the insurance company, even if the insurance company is paying the lawyers. They have the ultimate responsibility here for what goes out under their name. If someone at the hospital's counsel's office isn't reviewing the pleadings that get sent to them before they're filed, they're even worse at doing their job than it would appear if they did see this and let it through.

    If they don't want this defense used, someone had the opportunity to say so and didn't, believe me. (And I can't imagine this would be the only defense available to them, either). True, the insurance company might decide not to cover the settlement if the Church refuses to avail itself of that defense (a risk I think they had to reasonably have been able to foresee when they agreed to insure the Church's hospital). But c'mon ... this is not just any Church we're talking about, it's the one who can call up the the insurer and say, well, if you're going to be such a stickler for the wording of the policy and not cover this, maybe, just maybe, we'll see about getting all our insurance coverage somewhere else.

    Basically, the Church once again had an opportunity to put its principles first and blew it.

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