Defamation lawyers typically want a 5k retainer, and the case could cost up to 30k, so unless you sustained a significant monetary loss, the case could cost your thousands more than you recover. However, it's your money to spend how you like. Avvo has a great "find a lawyer" tool.
Defamation cases are expensive and difficult. Consult with an attorney who is not a parishioner who does this kind of work. Have no comment about anything to anyone about this until you have spoken to a lawyer. Post no more about this on any social media and take down anything you have posted up to now. Good luck!
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It seems like there was a similar question asked along the same lines. You can certainly talk to an attorney and should but be aware, these are expensive cases. It's not likely it will be done on a percentage basis.
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