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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Local priest promoted: clergy sex abuse victims respond

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, [email protected])

It’s distressing that Benedict continues to promote men who have been “church insiders” while child felonies have been ignored and concealed.

Many Catholics wonder why church officials continue to act recklessly, callously and deceitfully in clergy sex cases. Here’s one reason: because those in power during the height of the church’s child sex scandal keep getting elevated by the Vatican to positions of greater prominence and power. The message to church employees is clear: no matter what, even if you closely align yourself with a corrupt archbishop, your career won’t suffer if you put the reputation of the hierarchy above the safety of the children.

Binzer was part of Archbishop Pilarczyk’s inner circle, so it's hard to view his as being part of the solution.

If there's a chance that the Catholic hierarchy will ever do more to protect kids, the Pope should be promoting parish priests, not chancery officials, to higher positions. We believe it's almost always better when parish priests, not chancery officials, are promoted. Church employees with close ties to clearly corrupt prelates aren't the men who should be elevated.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 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 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests