CHILE- Victims blast cowardly Chilean bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312 399 4747[email protected])

In a cowardly move that shows how little Pope Francis is doing to protect kids, Chile’s Catholic bishops are rallying around a complicit colleague. Shame on them for backing Bishop Juan Barros.

Moves like this rub even more salt into the already-deep and still-fresh wounds of thousands of abuse victims. Worse, they endanger kids because they increase the chances that other Catholic employees – high and low – will keep sheltering predators.  And they deepen the pain and disillusionment of millions of caring Catholics who want and deserve bishops who haven’t helped predator priests.

It’s clear that the Catholic hierarchy remains an “old boys’ club” in which members support one another no matter how severely or often kids are put in harm’s way.

Our heats ache for the brave victims of Fr. Fernando Karadima, to whom this move must feel like another stab in the back by callous church officials. Our hearts also ache for the families of the Osorno diocese who should be celebrating, but must be dreading their new bishop.

Most of all, our hearts ache for every boy or girl across the world who will be sexually violated by a predator priest because that priest’s bishop kept quiet about child sex abuse reports believing that his clerical career will be advanced by doing so.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy 314-566-9790[email protected], Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, [email protected], Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, [email protected]

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  • Iain Pattison
    commented 2015-03-19 19:04:17 -0500
    This pope (Bergoglio) is still appalling & weak and so are the Chilean bishops who are supporting Bishop Juan Barros. Maybe the Chileans ought to ‘up’ their protest against Barros. Pope Francis (Bergoglio) has been proved totally wrong before, for example, regarding the major subject of Evolution. True faith organisations protect children, they don’t put them in harm’s way like the Roman Catholic System does. I support the protesters 100%.
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