H/T Ophelia Benson.
This article by Lawrence Lessig shows just how the cult of misery is now shooting itself in the foot when it comes to the game of sustaining its aura of moral authority. As Lessig notes, insurers take over civil suits on behalf of defendants that are relying on insurance policies to pay for any damages that might be awarded. So it's not so odd to see the "church" take a hard line in actual court proceedings - it's really the insurer running the case, and the lawyers will be those retained by the insurer, not the church. Insurers like to settle on favourable terms if they can and to win in court if they can't. They're pragmatists looking after their own bottom line.
Fine so far, but we then see the church itself doing everything possible to try to put itself outside the reach of the civil law, no matter how heinous the acts of its minions. What will this accomplish? Think about it - the answer is, "Lower insurance premiums."
Have a look and see what I mean. Sickening.