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Archdiocese of Denver Settles 18 Paedophile Cases for $5.5 Million

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Since 2005, the Archdiocese of Denver has settled 43 lawsuits for over $8 million dollars. Archbishop Charles Chaput hoped that the agreed settlements would allow the victims and the victims families to begin to heal.

For the second time since March, Chaput publicly apologized to all the victims, saying the church was “mortified and embarrassed.” He said he had apologized in person to victims who agreed to meet with him.

The settlements announced Tuesday cover 16 lawsuits and two complaints made outside the court system. The allegations were made against three priests, all of whom have since died, church officials said.

The archdiocese identified the men as Leonard Abercrombie, Lawrence St. Peter and Harold Robert White.

Abercrombie died in 1994, but it wasn’t clear if he was still a priest at the time. St. Peter had not been publicly identified before, and no information has been disclosed about him.

White was removed from ministry in 1993 and died of a heart attack in 2006. In his only public comment on the matter, he said the allegation contained “half truths.”

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Written by smalltalkwitht

July 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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