Seeking Justice for Survivors

Archbishop Aquila’s column on agreement with Colorado Attorney General

Last year I made a public promise that the Archdiocese of Denver would be transparent about our handling, prevention and response to the sexual abuse of minors by priests. We have worked to deliver on that promise, and today we are making public two fruits of that effort for all three dioceses that cover Colorado….READ MORE

Crisis response must remember the spiritual stakes

Archbishop Aquila’s Denver Catholic column after the November bishops’ meetings

Everyone expected the meeting of bishops this past week to be monumentally important, but no one expected the Vatican to intervene the way it did. Even though I was disappointed that my fellow bishops and I could not vote on accountability measures, the situation underscored the dual spiritual realities that souls are at stake and that we bishops serve with and under the Holy Father….READ MORE

Faith: the antidote to despair

Archbishop Aquila’s Denver Catholic column focusing on our faith during these challenging times

“The waters have risen and severe storms are upon us,” St. John Chrysostom once preached. “But we do not fear drowning, for we stand firmly upon a rock. Let the sea rage, it cannot break the rock. Let the waves rise, they cannot sink the boat of Jesus.”…READ MORE

Addressing the USCCB Statement

Archbishop Aquila supports USCCB Executive Committee’s call for independent investigation

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila has issued the following letter expressing his support for USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo’s and the Executive Committee’s call for an independent investigation in the wake of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s testimony released earlier this week…READ MORE

Addressing the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Archbishop Aquila’s letter in response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

I write to you today with great sadness to respond to yet another scandal that has shaken the Church. Even though many of the details in the Grand Jury Report in Pennsylvania had already been reported, the full release was still undeniably shocking and its contents devasting to read. We face the undeniable fact that the Church has gone through a dark and shameful time, and while a clear majority of the Report addresses incidents occurring 20+ years in the past, we know that sin has a lasting impact and amends need to be made…READ MORE

Addressing the accusations against Archbishop McCarrick

Archbishop Aquila’s letter to the Archdiocese of Denver on the abuse crisis

This past week I was on my annual silent retreat and the accusations against Archbishop McCarrick were a part of my prayer. Faithful have written to me and have asked questions about the situation. Some have felt that the Lord has abandoned the Church. Other bishops have spoken out on this tragedy, and today I offer to you, the faithful of the archdiocese and my brother priests and deacons, the following reflections….READ MORE