Denver, Colo., Mar 5, 2006 / 22:00 pm
In a victory for the Catholic faithful of Colorado--and, as they would point out; the state’s young people--Colorado’s Catholic bishops have spoken out in favor of a newly amended state House Bill which no longer punishes the Church, as the bishops say it currently had.
All three of Colorado’s bishops, including Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, Pueblo’s Bishop Arthur Tafoya and Colorado Springs’ Bishop Michael Sheridan have publicly endorsed a revised version of House Bill 1088, which was originally among a group of three bills seeming to unfairly target the Catholic Church‘s role in the ongoing sexual abuse scandal.
Two others however; House Bill 1090, and what is seen as a severely flawed Senate Bill 143, are still in the center of what the Church sees as a battle for justice.
"We're grateful to [Colorado state] Representative Marshall and Senator Sandoval for listening to the concerns of the community, and revising HB 1088 to make it viable," said Timothy Dore, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference.