Springs diocese to train 2,000 against child abuse

December 31, 2003
Category: Uncategorized

Denver Post

By Eric Gorski Denver Post Religion Writer

The Colorado Springs Roman Catholic diocese will provide child sexual abuse prevention training to an estimated 2,000 church volunteers by the end of February to fully comply with national standards adopted in response to the clergy abuse scandal, a diocese official said Tuesday.

The training was established in response to a recommendation from a team of investigators that spent last fall auditing U.S. dioceses’ compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, adopted by U.S. bishops in June 2002.

The findings of the national audit are to be released Tuesday, but some dioceses have shared their results in advance. Sergio Gutierrez, spokesman for the Denver archdiocese, which includes 368,000 registered Catholics in 24 northern Colorado counties, said the archdiocese will wait until the national results are made public.