Clergy Sexual Abuse Colorado
(Saint Paul, MN) – We commend Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and his office on recognizing the opportunity the 2019 Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program of the Colorado Dioceses presented to unearth more abuses and offenders kept secret by the Catholic Bishops of Colorado, past and present. They are doing the work of gathering the evidence, exposing the perpetrators, and honoring the experiences of clergy abuse survivors; work that Archbishop Aquila and the Catholic Bishops of Colorado should have been doing for decades.
“All of this information – the reports of abuse, the reassignments, the self-serving playbook of clericalism – is well known to Archbishop Aquila and Diocesan leadership,” said Jeff Anderson of Jeff Anderson & Associates. “As revealing and vital as [the AG reports] are, Catholic leadership in Colorado possess in their secret archives a more complete picture; thousands of documents detailing the identities and deeds of perpetrators, when and where abuses occurred, and who was involved in covering it up. They have the power to release that information to the public at any time.”