Archbishop Chaput’s Column: Facts for the Record

Dear Friends,

In his most recent column Archbishop Chaput writes, “Every once in a while a story circulates in the press that requires a response.  That is my purpose here.

Many of you may have seen the article in the November 12Philadelphia Inquirer focusing on Stephen Szutenbach, a former Denver seminarian, and his adult sexual encounters with Kent Drotar.  Father Drotar was vice rector of Denver’s St. John Vianney Seminary for a time during my tenure as Archbishop of Denver.  If you haven’t read the Inquirer story, I encourage you to do so:

I mention this because Denver archdiocesan conduct and safety policies were followed at all times in this painful matter, and the Inquirer article is seriously flawed in at least two of its key elements.”

You can read the complete column by opening the attached document or visiting A Spanish translation of this column will be provided to you as soon as possible. Please consider sharing this material broadly in your parish communities in the manner you deem most appropriate. Thank you.

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Sullivan

Vicar for Clergy

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