IN- Judge rules against Indy archbishop in child sex case
A Terre Haute judge has ruled that a clergy sex abuse and cover up case against the Indianapolis archdiocese’s most notorious predator priest can move forward. Victims are applauding the decision.
The civil case involves a now-defrocked serial pedophile named Harry Monroe (who is believed to be living in TN). It charges, and the judge's order mentions, that top Indy archdiocese staffers quietly sent Monroe to a Terre Haute parish, knowing that he'd been credibly accused of molesting kids before, and refused to notify or warn parishioners or the public or even the parish's pastor.
"We’re grateful to this brave victim and this wise judge. For safety, healing and justice, it's crucial that citizens and Catholics get to hear - under oath, in open court, the full truth about how vigorously high ranking Catholic officials ignore and conceal horrific child sex crimes," said Barbara Dorris of SNAP. "It's sad that even now, Indy Archbishop Buechlein continues to try to exploit legal technicalities to keep clergy sex crimes and cover ups covered up."
The victim is represented by MN attorney Pat Noaker 651 227, 9990, 612 91 1306 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
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