The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims group to leaflet over new Seattle archbishop
They will hand out fliers at special installation mass at cathedral
Group prods prelate to “come clean” about cleric who molested earlier last year
Though church knew seminarian was sexually troubled, Sartain ordained him anyway
SNAP urges local Catholics to “insist that your new shepherd address disturbing case”
Prosecutors said that church staff was “concerned” because Flores was “caught with gay porn,” including “images (that) appeared to be those of young boys.” Like so many other Catholic officials over the years, Sartain kept secret about Flores’ misdeeds and, just weeks later, essentially promoted Flores anyway.
In September, Flores pleaded guilty to molesting a boy last year. Ironically, on the same day, Sartain was promoted to head the Seattle archdiocese.
In response, SNAP quickly wrote to Pope Benedict, urging him to rescind his promotion of Sartain, calling Sartain’s 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 has asked Illinois prosecutors to disclose the evidence of church complicity and recklessness. SNAP also wants Seatrain to publicly explain and apologize for keeping secrets about 1) the alleged restrictions he put on Flores after the porn discovery 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.
SNAP is also urging Seattle area Catholics to push Sartain to “publicly and honestly” address this case, explain his recklessness and secrecy, and apologize. SNAP warns local parishioners to “be vigilant, not complacent” about Sartain’s dealings with clergy sex crimes.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests