Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As shepherd of the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver, I am entrusted with not only the spiritual well-being of our local church but also with protecting our most vulnerable members, the children and youth of our archdiocese.
I commend the manner in which my predecessor Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, the archdiocesan staff and every single one of you have responded to the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Code of Conduct. Here in the Archdiocese of Denver, as in my former diocese, the Promise to Protect and the Pledge to Heal have been and will continue to be among my top priorities.
Child abuse or sexual misconduct is never acceptable within the Church or outside of it. I and my staff are committed to this truth. The archdiocese has taken numerous positive steps to ensure that a safe environment pervades each and every one of our parishes, schools and affiliated institutions. We have worked hard to ensure that anyone in the Archdiocese of Denver who has knowledge of, or suspects child abuse, understands his or her duty to make a full report to all appropriate authorities as required by Colorado law.
In addition to complying with child abuse reporting obligations, we are equally committed to providing pastoral outreach to anyone who has experienced inappropriate sexual behavior by any member of the clergy, a teacher, employee or other church worker.
I entrust our efforts to protect our children and other who are at risk to Our Lady and Saint Joseph, who guarded and guided Jesus as he grew to maturity.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L.
Archbishop of Denver