Our Commitment to Transparency and Healing
Here in the Diocese of Pueblo, we have worked diligently to create a safe environment in which to gather, learn, and worship Our Lord in our parishes, schools and other pastoral settings. It is our commitment to build on the efforts of the past and continue to improve upon them. The Diocese/parish will cooperate with investigations by appropriate civil authorities. In addition, all cases of sexual abuse of a minor committed by Diocesan/parish personnel will be investigated by the Diocese in order to provide the Bishop with the necessary information to determine the appropriate course of action. Every effort will be made to maintain confidentiality so as to protect the rights of all parties concerned.
Nothing is more important than protecting children. For almost 20 years, we have worked toward this goal as it relates to child sexual abuse. However, we must do more. There is no place in any Church ministry for those who sexually abuse children. We have fully implemented comprehensive Safe Environment programs through training, reporting, and awareness. These programs are regularly reviewed and verified by an external audit.
Anyone sexually abused as a minor or who knows about a case of sexual abuse of a minor should immediately report it to the civil authorities. When such sexual abuse has been committed by a cleric, religious, seminarian, diocesan or parish employee or a diocesan or parish volunteer it also should be reported to Rev. Derrek Scott, Vicar General and Nancy Martinez, Safe Environment and Human Resources at (719) 544-9861.