In the end, the priest is responsible for himself and his family, according to a court filing.
The victim, who asked not to be identified, says that he’s angry because the church and his priest had failed to act.
“The church is supposed to be protecting the victims,” he said.
“The priest is protecting the church.”
The priest says the church is not in touch with him, and he’s seeking a hearing with the U.S. Supreme Court to get answers about why it hasn’t taken action.
“I have a son, a wife, two daughters,” he told NBC News.
“They are victims of sexual abuse.”
The priest’s attorney, James McDaniel, said the church has a responsibility to address the needs of victims of abuse.
“It has to be the church’s responsibility to help the victims, and to do that, they have to step up and say, ‘We’re going to look into this, and we’re going get to the bottom of it,'” he said in an interview with NBC News’ TODAY.
“If there’s no action taken, then it’s a failure on the part of the church to act, and it’s also a failure by the victims to take their complaints seriously.”
McDaniel says the priest has also spoken to church leaders and has been asked to resign.
“These are people who have given their lives for this church,” he added.
“There’s a lot of things going on at this church.
I hope the church will be held accountable for not doing its job, and the victims will get their day in court.”
In a statement issued Tuesday, the Archdiocese of Denver defended the handling of the case.
“It is our policy that we will not discuss or respond to allegations of sexual assault or abuse, or any other matter related to the clergy in our diocese, until all allegations are fully resolved,” the statement read.
“We take seriously allegations of child abuse and believe all are investigated impartially and impartially.”
The Archdiocesan news release also said that the church did “work diligently” to provide pastoral care to the victim and his children.
“Unfortunately, after many months of waiting, this family has been waiting far too long for justice,” the archdiocese said.