Catholic Church group fights Colorado bill to reform system of reporting child abuse

By Robert Garrison, January 29, 2018, Denver 7 ABC

DENVER — Legislation that would reform a mandatory system of reporting child abuse in Colorado is not getting support from the Catholic Church. 

Senate Bill 18-058 would extend the statute of limitations in cases where a person is required by law to report child abuse but fails to do so. 

Currently, the statute of limitations for failing to report child abuse or neglect in Colorado is 18 months, which could result in dropped charges in the recent indictment against three Cherry Creek school leaders accused of hiding allegations made by a specific student in 2013.

The measure, sponsored by state lawmakers Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) and Terri Carver (R-Colorado Springs), comes on the heels of the Cherry Creek case and indefinitely extends the period of time mandatory reporters could . . . 

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2018-01-30 13:03:34 -0600
    That would be the Catholic Conference of Colorado-which consists of the Roman Catholic bishops of Colorado. They hide behind that name. It would be more correct to say: “the Roman Catholic bishops of Colorado oppose legislation….”
    The bishops don’t care about their own people or the children of their people. If they did, the prisons would be overflowing with sexual molester priests that they turned in. The bishops care about keeping their sorry selves out of prison-where they belong. Whenever a bishop talks about ‘protecting the church’ they mean themselves because the bishops believe that THEY are the church and everyone else is disposable. It’s all about themselves and their institution-not God’s People

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