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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims prod prosecutor & blast Catholic bishop
They prod prelate to “come clean” about convicted cleric
Group also urges D.A. to share proof of church ‘recklessness’
In unusual move, Pope is asked to rescind Joliet bishop’s new promotion
SNAP: This is “frightening similar” to Chicago’s controversial McCormack case
The victims will also
Last Friday, Flores pleaded guilty to molesting a boy earlier this year, and ironically, on the same day, Sartain was promoted to head the Seattle archdiocese.
And on Monday, SNAP wrote to Pope Benedict, urging him to rescind his promotion of Sartain, calling his recent actions “irresponsible, deceptive and callous.” It’s the first time in SNAP’s 22 year history that the group has made a request like this of the Pope.
For the sake of public safety, and to deter similar wrongdoing in the future, SNAP wants Kane County prosecutors to disclose the evidence of church complicity and recklessness. SNAP also wants Sartain to publicly explain and apologize for keeping secrets about 1) his restriction on Flores and 2) Flores’ known sexual misdeeds. The group also wants Sartain to apologize for and explain 1) why he ordained Flores at all, and 2) didn’t at least postpone the ordination.
The case is “stunningly similar,” SNAP maintains, to the recent, controversial case of Fr. Daniel McCormack in Chicago, who is now behind bars for sexually violating several children.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests