The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims from 5 nations want Pope to rescind appointment
Yesterday, he promoted US bishop who enabled abuse 8 months ago
Just last year, prelate ordained troubled priest who pled guilty last week
Groups announce campaign daring pontiff to "Discipline even one bishop"
“When no supervisor is ever punished for cover ups, cover ups continue,” they say
Then, they will hand leaflets to Catholics coming to see the Pope. The fliers urge people to
It’s the most clear and egregious example, SNAP believes, that corrupt bishops continue to get moved up in the church structure and that little if anything has changed in the way the Catholic hierarchy handles abuse. It’s also proof that the alleged “screening” at seminaries isn’t happening or isn’t effective.
SNAP contends that never in the church history has the Vatican disciplined, demoted or defrocked a bishop for mishandling clergy sex cases. (A handful have voluntarily resigned under pressure, however, for either committing or concealing child sex crimes, most recently in Brussels. A list is available at BishopAccountability.org)
As long as no complicit Catholic official ever loses even one title, one honor, or one day’s pay, SNAP feels that the church’s long-standing, deeply-rooted culture of secrecy surrounding child sex crimes will continue.
The newly-promoted US prelate is Bishop Peter Sartain of the Joliet Illinois diocese who’s taking over the Seattle Washington archdiocese. The child molesting cleric is Fr. Alejandro Flores.
Sartain kept silent in the spring of 2009 when, according to one newspaper, “Prosecutors say (Joliet) Catholic officials had some warning signs about Flores” because “Flores was caught with gay porn on his computer. Though the website posted a disclaimer saying the people involved in the sex acts were not minors. . .Catholic officials were concerned some of the images appeared to be those of young boys.”
Since Sartain was so secretive, SNAP suspects the Vatican may not have been aware of the case and that Pope Benedict should rescind Sartain’s promotion. This is the first time SNAP has ever made such a request.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests