Rome--Pope must correct & denounce Cardinal Burke

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 7

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, [email protected] )

A controversial cardinal “blames gay clergy for the church’s sexual abuse crisis,” and says priests “who were feminized and confused about their own sexual identity” molested children.   

The church becomes a more dangerous and unhealthy place when high-ranking Catholic officials mischaracterize and minimize the abuse and cover up crisis. That’s why it’s crucial that Francis and other top church staff denounce and clarify Cardinal Raymond Burke’s outrageous claim.

If one must identify only one crux of the crisis, it is the widespread and continuing cover ups by bishops, - not the crimes or motives of individual priests - that should be cited. To focus strictly on the “bad apple” child molesting clerics - and ignore the devastating role of selfish and secretive bishops – is irresponsible.

In the eyes of many, Burke is a discredited, demoted fanatic. Still, he remains a cardinal and a Vatican official with millions of admirers. His words hurt victims and confuse parishioners. They should not stand unaddressed. It’s callous of Catholic officials do nothing when their colleagues make hurtful comments that make victims, witnesses and whistleblowers become hopeless and stay silent.

We beg Pope Francis to set the record straight here.

(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 +1 314-566-9790, [email protected], Barbara Dorris +1 314-503-0003, [email protected], Barbara Blaine +1 312-399-4747, [email protected]



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  • Tim Dooling
    commented 2015-01-08 18:14:34 -0600
    Iain- I think I will leave this self-righteous blog on this note.
    If any of you look in the mirror and are satisfied with what you see, you are what you criticize !
    IF you know what the Will of GOD is for you, you will try to improve on wht you saw. Tim
  • Iain Pattison
    commented 2015-01-08 16:48:44 -0600
    Hi Tim I’m back, I’m the Second Coming of Jesus Christ – Iain Douglas Pattison. I say that Barbara, Myself and Mike Skiendzielewski are right concerning Cardinal Burke. The problem with the Roman Catholic System is that it is even more big headed than the British. Big headedness is the root of most evil not the love of money.
    Yours sincerely, Iain Douglas Pattison (also the Third Coming of Seth)
  • Tim Dooling
    commented 2015-01-07 21:37:21 -0600
    Mike, you spend too much time spelling your name to be able to concentrate on anything like a GOD, other than yourself.
    There has been a Pope continuously since just before Jesus Christ, Our Saviour ascended into Heaven, a place I guess you do not know about or to which you do not wish to aspire!
    Facebook or twit-er sounds more your speed. Tim
  • Mike Skiendzielewski
    commented 2015-01-07 21:06:51 -0600
    Who dresses this guy? What is the size of his “walk-in-closet”? Who pays for all of this finery? Does anyone really care what he has to say? Why does the media pay any attention to such a “leader” who professes such unfounded and unsubstantiated garbage? Oh, I get it, when all else fails, blame the WOMEN in the RCC !
  • Iain Pattison
    commented 2015-01-07 14:46:20 -0600
    I like this post, nice one Barbara & SNAP. Cardinal Burke is talking total nonsense regarding the causes of child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic System. The priests sexually abuse (it’s actually rape most of the time) the children because they are mega big headed.
  • Tim Dooling
    commented 2015-01-07 12:31:27 -0600
    No, I do Not like this post. Cardinal Burke is the most honest of the Cardinals in the Ctholic Church, and just because someone on your staff does not like his position on some matters does not change that. It simply means you are opposed to his understanding of Roman Catholic Doctrine. I am not !
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