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Independent Review  & Independent Voluntary Reparations Program Resources

Communication with parishioners is very important due to the difficult nature of this topic.  This page was created to help parishes address the Independent Reparations Program and Independent Review.

Here you’ll find content for parish bulletins, your websites and social media, and guidance for in-person communications.  Keep watching for Parish Link emails to receive notifications of updates to these pages.

If you have any questions please contact Caitlin Wojtasek at 303-715-3123 or caitlin.wojtasek@archden.org

Independent Review

When Communicating With…

Parishioners

Please refer parishioners to our Promise website. It will be receiving updates as information becomes available.

archden.org/promise

Victims

If someone claims to be a victim of abuse, please refer them to the promise website below, where they can click “File a Claim”. You can also refer them directly to the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program website (Colorado Dioceses Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program).

archden.org/promise
ColoradoDiocesesIRRP.com

Media

If you are contacted by media with requests to film or for interviews, please direct them to our Archdiocese of Denver Director of Public Relations:

If media/reporters show up unannounced at your parish:

  • Always be polite! Do not get angry or aggressive even if you feel provoked. You never know when a camera may be recording.
  • Tell them all interview requests with priests or parish staff must go through Mark Haas, our Director of Public Relations.
  • If they are trying to shoot video or do interviews with parishioners: You have the right to ask them to stay off parish property, but they do have a legal right to be on public sidewalks or across the street.

If you have any questions about our communications efforts or need help please contact Caitlin Wojtasek at (303) 715 – 3123 or by emailing Caitlin.wojtasek@archden.org **(unless you have some other way you prefer to handle emails on websites).**

Independent Review

What to say…

To Media

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Download Sheet

To Parishioners

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To Claimants

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Social Media Content

Archbishop Aquila

Bishop Rodriguez

Independent Reparations & Reconciliation Program

Campaign Branding

Social Media Graphic | Coming Soon

“All the Facts” Graphic | Coming Soon

Independent Voluntary Reparations Program

What to say…

To Media

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To Claimants

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To Parishioners

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October 5/6 Letter Lawyer Letter

Download Resources

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How to Use the Library:

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Flocknote

FAQ

What is the Independent Review?

The Attorney General, the Colorado Dioceses and Robert Troyer have entered into an agreement giving Mr. Troyer full access to all the Dioceses’ files concerning the sexual abuse of minors by Diocesan priests. Where he has questions, Mr. Troyer will have the opportunity to conduct interviews, in appropriate circumstances, to determine if abuse has occurred. After his review and interviews are completed, Mr. Troyer will write a report, which will be public.

What is the Independent Voluntary Reparations Program?

The independent voluntary reparations program is a means for victims of abuse as a minor to receive compensation from an independent expert claims administrator.  No matter how long ago the abuse occurred and even if the victim’s claim would be barred by Colorado law, any victim can participate and receive compensation.  Key components of the program are:

  • The program is entirely independent from, and free from the influence of, the Colorado Dioceses.
  • It will be overseen by an independent board, chaired by former U.S. Senator Hank Brown.
  • It is entirely voluntary. Victims choose whether or not to participate and do not need to make that decision until they know how much compensation they would receive under the program.
  • Compensation is determined solely by the independent claims administrators. There is no appeal to the Colorado Dioceses. Victims are free to accept or reject the award made by the administrator. The Dioceses, however, are required to accept and pay the administrator’s award for any victim that chooses to participate.
  • There is no restriction on a victim’s ability to speak publicly about the abuse, this program, or the award that is made. To protect the privacy of victims, however, the program and the Colorado Dioceses agree to keep the victim’s information strictly confidential, except to fulfill their legal obligation to report abuse to local law enforcement, to the Attorney General, and the Special Master.
  • All victims who come forward into the program will be treated with dignity and respect.

Important Links

A letter from the Archbishop >

Access the official Reparations Program portal to file a claim.

File a Claim >

Access the official Reparations Program portal to file a claim.

Full Agreement >

Read the full protocol for the Reparations Program

Frequently Asked Questions >

Read the FAQ for the Reparations Program