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Archdiocese shifts policy after $5.5 million settlement

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Denver has agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle a recent round of lawsuits claiming child sexual abuse by priests.

The agreements cover 16 lawsuits and two complaints against three archdiocese priests, all of whom have since died.

Some of the lawsuits described the Rev. Harold Robert White as “a serial offender who wasn’t able to control himself.” The archdiocese was aware of the problem as far back as 1960, the lawsuits alleged, but moved him from parish to parish instead of reporting him to police or warning parishioners.

Archbishop Charles Chaput said the archdiocese now requires that credible allegations of child sexual abuse be reported immediately to law enforcement. The diocese now removes the accused person from active ministry.

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