"Sadly, this is a familiar pattern in the Chicago archdiocese: A priest who successfully keeps quiet about clergy sex crimes wins a promotion," said Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

"It's very depressing and troubling that a priest who helped conceal felonies is rewarded with a prominent national post like this. Surely there's a more appropriate and less sullied cleric who can be the House chaplain."