IL-"Don't deport predator priest," SNAP says
For immediate release: Tuesday, July 9
Statement by Barbara Dorris Outreach director for SNAP 314-862-7688 SNAPDorris@gmail.com
We oppose deporting Fr. Alejandro Flores, a proven predator. Kids in Bolivia are even more vulnerable to this criminal than kids are in the US.
We realize that this is a controversial position to take. But we believe Fr. Flores should be kept in the US and forced by his church supervisors to live indefinitely in a remote, secure, independently-run treatment center where he’ll be kept away from children. That’s what’s best for children.
Deporting him may make some adults feel better. It won’t, however, make any children any safer.
Catholic church officials have moved pedophile priests from parish to parish, diocese to diocese, and increasingly from country to country. They do seemingly anything to give predator priests a fresh start and absolve themselves from any oversight role. In this case, they shouldn't be allowed to deny responsibility for a problem they helped create, by recruiting, educating, hiring, training, moving and protecting a child molesting cleric.
At least here in the US, Fr. Flores will be on the sex offender registry. At least here, more parents will be aware of his criminal past. At least here, the clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis is more widely understood, so more adults will be skeptical of Fr. Flores when he tries to babysit for neighbor children or get hired by a school.
And if Fr. Flores stays in the US, there’s a better chance that others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes in Joliet will find the strength and courage to report his wrongdoing. When that happens, there’s a better chance that he’ll be charged, convicted and imprisoned again, which will safeguard other kids.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.