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

Warning: This story contains explicit descriptions of sexual assault. A pair of explosive reports on decades of child sex abuse in Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses named 52 priests but kept confidential the identities of numerous church officials — from administrators to bishops — who covered up or ignored allegations of misconduct and transferred known child […]

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Colorado drops coronavirus capacity limits on houses of worship after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Colorado has dropped its coronavirus capacity limits on houses of worship and religious events, including weddings and funerals, after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling cast doubt on the legality of such restrictions. State public health officials are still recommending that houses of worship limit the number of people attending services. But an amended order […]

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Two churches in Colorado granted exemption from state coronavirus guidelines

A federal judge has exempted two churches in Colorado from safety guidelines intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 that some see as discrimination and a violation of constitutional rights to religious freedom. Denver Bible Church in Wheat Ridge and Community Baptist Church in Brighton filed a complaint in August, challenging the state’s mandate on […]

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Where mask-wearing isn’t gospel: Colorado churches grapple with reopening

By Jakob Rodgers, Kaiser Health News COLORADO SPRINGS — The lights dimmed. Guitars thrummed. And a nine-piece band kicked off what amounted to a rock concert inside an amphitheater of a church. “Shout for joy to the Lord,” one musician called out, quoting Scripture. Any such shout could release the coronavirus to congregants. With some 500 […]

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Growing community: How Colorado religious leaders are farming food — and a new variety of faithful

“I’m going to garden!” is not quite what one would expect to hear from a Yale Divinity School student mulling summer internship possibilities. Yet, instead of working in a traditional church setting, Jenna Van Donselaar, a bright and dedicated millennial, figured that working at The Table, an urban farm in Denver, would best further her […]