(RNS) — Three years ago, Mormon officials in Oregon heard one of their members admit he had abused one of his daughters.  

They heard his confession. Then called law enforcement.

Now they’re being sued.

Kristine Johnson of Oregon claims The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints violated the doctrine of confidentiality when it disclosed her husband’s confession, leading to his arrest and imprisonment.

It’s a case that legal observers are watching closely. Depending on the outcome, at least one legal expert said this lawsuit could have serious implications for the way houses of faith report abuse.

The lawsuit, which was filed Friday (Jan. 3) in Marion County Circuit Court in Oregon, seeks $9.5 million for the family’s emotional distress and loss of income, and

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