Revelations concerning sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by Roman Catholic clergy and religious have played out distinctively in the U.S. legal system. In both civil and criminal contexts, Catholic teaching and practice intersect with secular legal doctrines in complex and surprising ways. But clergy abuse litigation, and scholarly commentary on it, has tended disproportionately to focus on dioceses and allegations of abuse by the ordained and lay ministers they employ, rather than on religious orders and allegations against them and their members. This project takes the Society of Jesus as a case study, examining records of sexual abuse litigation against members, provinces, and other corporate units of the Society of Jesus. The goal of the project is to ascertain, first, how proceedings concerning clergy sexual abuse are different when allegations concern religious orders rather than dioceses, and then, second, how both in legal and moral terms liability associated with abuse should be apportioned between religious orders and the institutions they sponsor.