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Catholic Church bolsters case against bill
Teacher misconduct data released to show alleged inequity of abuse measure


By Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain News

The Denver Archdiocese has compiled 85 cases of public school teachers who have had their licenses revoked or denied for alleged sexual misconduct - part of a hardball campaign to blunt sex abuse legislation the archbishop says targets the Catholic Church.

The information, obtained through an open records request to the Colorado Department of Education, was released by the archdiocese to the media this week and entered into evidence at a recent hearing on House Bill 1088.

That measure, as well as Senate Bill 143, would lift the statute of limitations on sex abuse cases, even those decades old, involving churches and nonprofits.

"It's obvious the reason they (introduced the bills) is because of the church," Archbishop Charles Chaput said in an interview Thursday. "I don't know how to read into people's motivations, but I know it's directed at the church."

The Denver Archdiocese was largely untouched by the clergy abuse scandal until last summer. That's when the first of 24 lawsuits was brought against two priests, Harold Robert White and the late Leonard Abercrombie. The bulk of the allegations, which date back to the 1960s, involve White, who was removed from the priesthood in 2004.

Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald said the White case, in particular, prompted her to introduce SB 143. She said last week that she wasn't targeting the church but that "there's a need to have a cleansing of what may have gone on in the past."

Since then the archdiocese has fought back on a number of fronts, including a letter from Chaput that was read at all parish Masses last week telling Catholics to "demand" changes in the bills.

The request for teacher license information was made Jan. 25 by the Colorado Catholic Conference, the lobbying arm of the church. The documents, spanning Department of Education actions between 1997 and 2006, are meant to bolster the church's argument that because sex abuse occurs at public and private entities, both should be subject to the same tough laws.

The revocations could be seen as showing the Department of Education has done a good job in catching abusers, agreed Chris Rose of the Colorado Catholic Conference.

"We're not saying there's a broken system here. What we're saying is, this is a small snapshot to show there are teachers who did this, that sexual abuse is prevalent in our society and we have to be vigilant about stopping it."

Currently, "governmental immunity" protects public schools from harsh penalties. Sex abuse claims must be filed within 180 days from the time of the incident and damage caps are limited to $150,000.

Fitz-Gerald, however, disputed the protective factor of governmental immunity for public schools. She said sex abuse charges could also be brought against a public entity as a civil rights case, in which the "window of harm" would extend to two years.

"(The archdiocese) is getting people riled up to say, 'It's not fair,' " Fitz-Gerald said Thursday. "But this isn't about (public) schools, this is about an institution that is private and has not come forward, but has allowed secret predators the opportunity to work at that institution and find more victims."

This week, some Republican lawmakers said they would try to remove government immunity from public entities in sex abuse cases, either through amendments or the introduction of a late bill.

Fitz-Gerald said she's also considering an amendment to her bill that would require a "certificate of review" before sex abuse cases could proceed to court.

"I'm trying to find something that may give comfort to people who think spurious claims might arise. Nobody wants that to happen," she said.


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Yes, so the reply of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, Archbishop Charles Chaput , against the bill to remove statute of limitations on those victims of pedophile priests was to point a finger at the schools....as noted above.

And so, Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald stated recently, in so many words, Fine, we'll include the schools in this bill. And they have. Interestingly enough, Joan Fitz-Gerald is a Roman Catholic herself, and so for Archbishop Charles Chaput to make accusations that she is after the Catholic church is nonsense. It seems to me that Colorado lawmakers are just as fed up as the people are with sex crimes against children, especially those perpetrated by men who hide behind confessional doors.

Copy of bill: http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics200...le=1088_ren.pdf

Senate Bill 143: listed here, but unavailable for view at this time: http://www.leg.state.co.us/Clics200...te?openFrameset

I hope they put these frauds out of business, permanently.


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Currently, "governmental immunity" protects public schools from harsh penalties. Sex abuse claims must be filed within 180 days from the time of the incident and damage caps are limited to $150,000.


I found that shocking! 180 days! It takes years sometimes for a child to speak out.


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I doubt the Roman Catholic hierarchy will be hiding their pedophiles in Colorado for awhile....and that would be fine with me and most of the citizens of Colorado, but I really cannot speak for the pedophiles themselves. I am sure they wouldn't be happy about that.

How about a leper colony somewhere? I'd say, clear out the lepers and give them a good home, and let these frauds lay waste in their place.


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I found that shocking! 180 days! It takes years sometimes for a child to speak out.


Yes, the majority of children do not have remembrance of such atrocities until their 30's and 40's. How do I know this? I went to a "memory/false memory" debate forum last week and listened to experts on the subject.

Plus I have personal experience with such horrendous acts. And I am 43, and now dealing with this crap.

They also stated that each pedophile on the average has hundreds of victims....where are all these children/adults?
I will tell you where they are: They are suffering from addictions, relational difficulties, in prisons and jails and many of them not knowing why until these fractured memories start to come together....and then they post on forums like these and are called all kinds of names because they are dealing with things many people have no idea what they are going thru.

And these same jerks in the world sit back and say "oh what a horrible thing" and yet faced with someone like these victims, they laugh and scoff and treat them like dirt.

(Not you Fuscia)


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