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.