9 new Catholic priests named in the state of Colorado for sexual abuse

A new report found evidence that nine more Catholic priests sexually abused children up to the 1950s

Another nine Catholic priests, including one known to help Homeless people in Denver, were found to have sexually abused their children in a recent report on sexual abuse in Catholic churches in Colorado, issued by Attorney General Phil Weiser on Tuesday.

The late Reverend, Charles B. Woodrich, is known as Father Woody, and the other eight were not previously identified in the first report issued in October 2019 based on a review of the church records of the dioceses of Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo. Weiser’s office and church.

Six of the newly named priests were dead, while the rest were previously removed from the priesthood or retired. The homeless’s day shelter was named in honor of Father Woody several years after his death in 1991. But his name was removed from the name of Hope Haven earlier this year after its leaders learned of the charges against him, Chairman of the Board of Don Gallegos. said in a statement.

The most recent report looked at abuses reported to Weiser’s office or a church-funded compensation program since the first report was published. He found evidence to support allegations that a further 25 children were abused by a further 25 priests with an additional 25 children, 16 of whom were identified in last year’s report as a well-founded claim of sexual abuse. In all, it was found that between 1950 and 1999, but especially in the 1960s, 52 diocesan priests abused 212 children.

Both reviews by former U.S. attorney Bob Troyer did not investigate the alleged abuse of priests of religious orders or visitors to other dioceses.

The review was launched after a large jury in Pennsylvania in 2018 claimed that more than 300 priests abused at least 1,000 children in seven decades and raised questions about the extent of abuse in other states. Unlike Pennsylvania, Colorado does not give its Attorney General the right to convene a large jury, so Weiser and the Church have agreed to a voluntary review of the record. The church has also established and funded a reconciliation and reparation program to provide payments to people who have been abused by priests. It was administered by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, who oversaw compensation for the victims of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting and 9/11 attacks, and ran similar programs for those abused by the clergy in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania. and California.

The program’s final report on Tuesday allowed it to pay $ 7.3 million to 79 people.

Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, Denver Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, Bishop Michael Sheridan, Bishop of Colorado Springs, and Stephen Berg, Bishop of Pueblo, said they hope Troyer’s review and reparations process will bring justice and healing to survivors.

“They continue to hold together in our hearts because of the pain they have experienced, we once again apologize deeply for the past failures of the church and promise that we will always pray for further healing for them and their families,” they said.

The church has agreed to implement the changes recommended by Troyer, including providing victim support coordinators and encouraging people to report abuses directly to law enforcement. The reputation of the church would be jeopardized if they did not live up to their commitments, Weiser said.