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Colorado AG Investigates Catholic Sex Abuse

Colorado’s Catholic leaders announced last week an agreement that allows a former federal prosecutor to review files of sex abuse allegations involving minors, going back 70 years to 1950.

Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, on behalf of the state’s three dioceses, issued the announcement in conjunction with Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.

Former Attorney General Cynthia Coffman initiated a process, which led to last week’s announcement, after a Pennsylvania grand jury found credible evidence of more than 300 priests abusing victims over 70 years.

“We are fortunate our three (Catholic) leaders said ‘We want to commit to transparency’ … They know there is a cloud over their church,” Weiser said in a visit with The Gazette’s editorial board last week that included church lawyers and the executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference.

“This is a model of collaborative problem solving that truly makes Colorado special,” Weiser said. “Other states and state AGs are asking, ‘How did you forge this framework?'”

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