Can I be held liable for a prayer request for a true event that wasn't read and the name of the person wasn't mentioned? I submitted a prayer request which was not read in the church. It involved an individual that harmed a child. The request was for the child and the mother. The individual's name who harmed the child was not mentioned. There were no untrue statements made. An elder must have made the assumption of who it was and told them. Now this individual is suing for defamation. Can the church or the people that told the individual there was a prayer request about them, be held responsible for their actions? Are they liable?