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For Coloradans who handle the dead, no rest and far less solace under cruel coronavirus rules

Even the peaceful keepers of Mount Olivet Cemetery felt overrun and overwhelmed by the way coronavirus forced them to carry out their sacred mission.

Coronavirus

Colorado’s review of Catholic Church sex abuse named priests, but not those who covered up their crimes

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office said time limited the investigation. The Catholic Church says it’s taken responsibility. But victims say the whole story hasn’t been told.

News

A list of Colorado priests named in the supplemental Catholic church abuse report, where they worked and when

Of the 25 priests named in the supplemental report, 9 were not identified in the original investigation into the church, which was completed in October 2019

Colorado’s Catholic dioceses paid $6.68 million to 73 survivors of priest abuse

Some claims were paid to previously unknown victims. Eight claims were rejected by the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program and another eight are pending.

News

Colorado Catholics allowed to celebrate in-person Mass again

While the details vary church to church, congregants must wear masks and practice social distancing

News

A Denver priest — his dad’s best friend — raped him. The state’s Catholic Church abuse report revealed the secret.

Neil Elms says he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Lawrence St. Peter, a Colorado priest who rose to high ranks in the Denver Archdiocese. St. Peter wasn’t removed from clergy despite “numerous, reliable, consistent reports” he was abusing boys.

Sun Investigation

Colorado’s Catholic priest abuse reparations program received 78 claims, has already paid out over $1M

The deadline to file claims with the reparations program, created voluntarily by Colorado’s three dioceses, was Friday. There are still more than 60 claims to sort through.

News

Former Colorado priest up for possible parole in sex abuse case; was named in attorney general’s report

Timothy Evans was sentenced to 14 years to life in prison in 2007 for sexually assaulting a boy who worked at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Fort Collins

Crime and Courts

Independent boards reviewing Catholic Church sex abuse have broadly failed victims in Colorado, nationwide

An investigation into two decades of review boards, including in Denver, show a pattern of bias in favor of the church and little understanding of sexual assault and trauma.

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s former attorney general wanted grand jury investigation of priest abuse scandal — but didn’t get it

Cynthia Coffman explains why the Catholic Church investigation was handled the way it was -- and why she is now calling for legislative change

News

Victims want more from Colorado’s Catholic church investigation — like who covered up their sex abuse

There are fresh calls for lengthening the statute of limitations to file sex abuse lawsuits in Colorado following the release of a 263-page report into priests who abused children

Crime and Courts

A list of the Colorado priests named in the Catholic church sex abuse report, where they worked and when

The report accuses 43 priests, but most of the abuse was committed by five

News

At least 166 children have been sexually abused by Catholic priests in Colorado since 1950, new report finds

It took Colorado’s three dioceses an average of nearly 20 years to concretely restrict an abusive priest’s authority after receiving an abuse allegation against him, according to the investigation

News

Here is why Colorado didn’t convene a grand jury to investigate priest abuse as Pennsylvania did

Colorado’s attorney general doesn’t have the same broad authority as in other states to convene a grand jury to investigate

Crime and Courts

Ex-slave who helped Denver’s poor could become first saint from Colorado

A local investigation into the virtues of Julia Greeley, dead for 100 years, closes Friday and heads to Vatican

Coloradans