Bishop Bulletins

  • CATHOLIC CHARITIES NEWS:
    • Bishop's Mass for the work of Catholic Charities: Come celebrate and pray for the work of Catholic Charities October 20 at 12:10 P.M. at St. Mary's Cathedral. Bishop Sheridan will be saying a special Mass for the justice work of our diocesan charity. There will be a light reception afterwards.
    • Join St. Anthony of Padua Prayer Society: Catholic Charities asks for your help through prayer. Lift up the work of the agency and connect to us through individual and communal prayer. 
    • Volunteer: Teach English as a Second Language to adults! Catholic Charities educates 350 adults in English every year. No prior experience or other language ability necessary. Training and support is provided. Call Gabriel at 719-866-6515.

 

  • The Bishop's Letter the Sexual Abuse Findings and future Initiatives.

     

    October 1, 2019

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

                    As you may recall, last February the Catholic Dioceses of Colorado announced two initiatives to support the continued healing process for those who were sexually abused as minors by parish priests. Those two initiatives – an independent reparations and reconciliation program and an independent file review – will now be fully implemented in the coming weeks and months.

                    We have spent the last few decades working to address the issues of sex abuse and to make our churches among the safest spaces for children, but we recognize that pain caused by past abuse still needs to be continually addressed. We know that for survivors what has been taken from them can never be fully restored, but we hope these initiatives can provide some measure of justice, validation and healing for them and their families.

    Reparations and Reconciliation Program

                    This program will be officially opened in the coming days, and information for those wishing to participate will be available on our diocesan websites. A couple of key points for you to know:

    • The program will be independently run by a team of nationally recognized administrators and overseen by a local oversight committee of lay people from around the state.
    • The administrators will evaluate claims made against diocesan priests, and determine a reparation offer to the victim-survivor.
    • Participation by the individuals is voluntary and the offer can always be rejected, but the dioceses are bound to abide by the administrators’ decisions.
    • Funding for the program will come from diocesan reserves and assets, with no money coming from donations to parishes, ministries or schools.

    Independent File Review

                    As part of an agreement with the Attorney General of Colorado, an independent file review led by former U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer is in its final stages, and a public report of his findings will soon by published. We believe this will provide a transparent accounting of all past substantiated allegations and a fair evaluation of how the dioceses responded. The final report for each diocese will include:

    • An analysis of the diocese’s current policies and procedures to prevent and report abuse.
    • A review of how the diocese handled past allegations, and if they correctly reported the allegation to local authorities according to the applicable state laws at the time.
    • A list of all diocesan priests with one or more substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, along with a summary of the incidents and how they were handled.

    As we said in February, there will no doubt be many painful moments in the coming months as we shine the bright light of transparency on the Church’s history related to sexual abuse of minors, but we ask that you join us in prayer for all victims of sexual abuse, and that we maintain our trust in Jesus who alone can provide true healing and peace.