Legal advice needed about vax mandate: is it priest or parish or diocese which pays fines for non-compliance?

Dunno if that’s a true document, but, whatever, this is happening everywhere.

The legal advice – pro bono! – that I’m asking for regards just the legal logistics of (arch)diocesan priests who are considered self-employed and independent contractors with companies with over 100 employees, namely their (arch)dioceses. We priests receive OSHA declarations to the public about how many injuries and how many deaths we’ve had on campus.

People say that as the tiniest parish in North America we don’t have to worry. We’re small fry! But it doesn’t work that way. We’re in the database, and when the request goes out for proof of vaccination, the ENTER button will be pressed and millions of letters will be mailed out with deadlines for response. It’s because we’re small fry that no one is going is hunt us down in the database to remove us.

It seems that the $14,000 in fines (or $700,000 in the new Reconciliation Bill) are NOT to be paid by any (arch)diocese, but at a lower level for those self-employed and independent contractors. If it just means that the priest will be bankrupted himself and become a slave to the socialist government for the rest of his life, well, whatever. But if it means that the parish will be bankrupted and the campuses sold off to pay the debt, well, I would hate that.

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