Fr. Andrew A. Burke

Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pueblo CO

Included in CO A.G. report 10/22/19. It notes the diocese knew in at least 1968 that Burke had a “psychosexual disorder.” It also noted the diocese knew during Burke’s seminary years that he had a “problem.” Assigned in 1971 to a hospital chaplaincy and part-time ministry at St. Pius X. Left the priesthood in 1973 and was laicized in 1974. A former St. Pius X altar boy came forward in 2004 and sued in 2005, claiming abuse by Burke when he was ages 11-13 in the early 1970s. Another man alleged in 2005 that Burke abused him 1972-75, beginning when he was hospitalized at age 10 where Burke was chaplain. Burke died by suicide in 2005 after the second accuser surfaced. A third man alleged in 2006 abuse by Burke beginning at age 17 in 1971. Diocese deemed allegation by the first accuser credible in 11/06 but rejected his settlement demands. He and the second accuser filed suits 7/08; settled 9/09. The third man sued in 2009; settled.

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