Denver Archdiocese announces Clergy Misconduct Advisory Committee

Colorado Politics

Dec. 31, 2019

By Michael Karlik

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver has announced a new panel to investigate allegations of clergy misconduct that do not involve the sexual abuse of a child.

“I have noticed there has been a heightened call for greater transparency in the Church, especially as historical sins that have long been hidden in the shadows have recently been brought into the light,” wrote vicar for clergy Father R. Michael Dollins in the Denver Catholic. “Where is the line between being a trusted person who must keep something confidential, and a person who is involved in a cover-up?”

The Clergy Misconduct Advisory Committee will comprise senior priests, mental health professionals, those with law enforcement backgrounds, and finance specialists. All members will be Catholics

The panel will advise Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila after investigating the alleged misconduct. Dollins cited financial transgressions, addiction or inappropriate relationships as examples of matters in the CMAC’s jurisdiction.

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