Pedophiles, Priests, & Privacy: The Denver Archbishop Writes to a Molestation Victim's Sister

* The Sister of a Molested Boy: wrote to Denver's Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, and he wrote back. American RTL president Brian Rohrbough reads and discusses the letters, including the comments in both letters about Colorado's personhood amendment.

* Flashback: Bob Enyart read the handwritten letter left behind by a fireman who took his own life after never recovering from the alcoholism, pornography, and sexual immorality that he was introduced to as a child by Fr. Neil Hewitt.

Priest's victim: suicide [original link:]
Colorado's Fr. Neil Hewitt molested a boy whose father had recently passed away. Years later, the victim committed suicide and left behind a hand-written note to his parish priest. Original air date 3-24-04 (show starts 2:57 into recording)

Priest Molestation Case Update 1 [original link:]
Roman Catholic priest Neil Hewitt molests boy whose father had recently passed away. Original air date 6-30-04 
Priest Molestation Case Update 2 [original link:]
SNAP Nat'l Director David Claussey. Original air date 7-1-04

* KGOV Programs about this Homosexual Child-Molesting Priest: Here are the programs we've produced here at about Donna Ballentine's cousin and Denver's homosexual child-molesting priest Neil Hewitt who destroyed her cousin when he was a young boy:
- 2002: Denver Roman Catholic Priest Neil Hewitt Molests Altar Boy
- 2004: The Victim of Homosexual Catholic Priest Father Neil Hewitt (this program)
- 2004: Priest Molestation Case Update 1
- 2004: Priest Molestation Case Update 2
- 2008: Pedophiles, Priests, & Privacy in which we quote from the sister's letter and the Archbishop's reply.
- 2017: Another Victim of Fr. Neil Hewitt, in studio here at KGOV
- 2019: Denver Priest Molestation Scandal Breaks Wide Open 5/20/19

* Hewitt Victims and Witnesses List

Leadville Victims of Fr. Neil Hewitt
Stuart Saucke
John ________ (pseudonym)
_____ _______ (client of a Colorado atty)
Jamie _______
Brian (pseudonym)

Denver Victims of Fr. Neil Hewitt
Michael Smilanic

Other Suspected Leadville Victims
Alex (committed suicide; family member said a Leadville priest had molested Alex)
Jerry (rumored to have committed suicide)

Other Suspected Denver Victim
Tom ________ (Montreal, 1967)

Witnesses (in addition to the nine victims and suspected victims)

Leadville Witnesses
_______ _______ (later a Denver halfway house resident)
Tom _________
John ________
Sam ________ (pseudonym)
Sean ________ (pseudonym)
Randy _______
Karl ________ (pseudonym)
Paul ________
Steve ________

Denver Witnesses
Mark ________
Reservoir Boy #1
Reservoir Boy #2

Annunciation Church, Leadville, Colorado* The Question the Archdiocese Refuses to Answer: "Had there been accusations against Fr. Neil Hewitt before the Denver Archdiocese moved him up into the mountains in Leadville, Colorado?"

Donna Ballentine and Bob Enyart met with archdiocese officials to ask a single question. "Had there been accusations against Fr. Neil Hewitt before the Denver Archdiocese moved him up into the mountains in Leadville, Colorado?" If the archdiocese had heard no previous accusations, and if they had been no previous knowledge of any child molestation or similar morally compromised behavior with boys, then they would be without guilt for moving him to the Annunciation mountain parish. (When Stuart was hurt, the Annunciation Church directly reported to the Denver Archdiocese and in 1988 it was transferred to the Colorado Springs diocese, which itself is part of Denver's ecclesiastical province.) If, however, Denver Roman Catholic officials did what many other dioceses have done, and knowingly moved a sexual predator to another parish, then they bear great responsibility for the harm done to the families of Leadville (a number of whom we are in contact with). The archdiocese answered Bob and Donna, "We are sorry but we can only discuss these kinds of matters with immediate family members." (Stuart and his mother and father were dead, he had no children, and his younger siblings had moved away from Leadville.) So we flew Stuart's sister, Donna's other cousin Sylvia from her home in Utah to Denver and made another appointment at the Archdiocese. There in person, Sylvia asked, "Had there been accusations against Fr. Neil Hewitt before the Denver Archdiocese moved him up into the mountains in Leadville, Colorado?" The Denver Catholic authorities answered her, "We are sorry but we cannot discuss personnel matters." We intend to post on this page the first names of other victims of Fr. Hewitt and the names of contemporaneous witnesses to some of his harmful behavior toward children. Today's interviewee, Michael from Florida, has announced that he desires justice and is willing to take legal action against the archdiocese. Meanwhile, Sylvia has moved back to Colorado and she has been speaking with her cousin regarding the crimes committed against her brother and the archdiocese refusal to answer the family's one question.

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