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Quiet Protest of Bishop-elect Rev. Christopher Coyne's Ordination

Members, supporters, and friends from three states and three support groups, join together to ask the Church's hierarchy to put their hearts where their mouths are

Urge church leaders to protect our children from pedophile priests

- Put an end to cover-ups both past and present

- Tell the truth

- Respect and care for God's children as Jesus did, whether they are four or one hundred four

- Atone for past actions

- Be true followers of the Gospels they preach

- Be shepherds of souls to the people they serve

WHAT
Quietly protesting, while holding signs asking for accountability and transparency, for protection for our children, for the truth to be told, and to keep kids safe.

WHEN
Wednesday, March 2, 12:30pm

WHERE
On the sidewalk across from St. John's Church on Capitol Avenue between Maryland and Georgia Streets

WHO
Members, supporters, and friends of victims/survivors of clergy sexual abuse from Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Voice of the Faithful, and National Survivor Advocates Coalition from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky

WHY
Father Coyne was Cardinal Bernard Law's PR person from 2002-2005 after the child sexual abuse by clergy scandal was reported by the Boston Globe. Cardinal Law was forced to leave office in 2006 with a virtual vote of No Confidence from priests and laity of the Boston Archdiocese. It is further humiliation and disregard for victims of abuse to have such a bishop appointed here in Indianapolis. When reporting to the press in behalf of Cardinal Law, he conveyed untruths to the media and to the faithful people of the world. Will coverup continue here in yet another Archdiocese where transparency and accountability do not exist, where survivors of abuse by clerics are treated as if they are not telling the truth?

CONTACT
For more info:

Ceil Shepley of Indianapolis: Indiana SNAP Leader 317-844-2993, 317-260-0610 cell, ceilshepley@att.net

David Clohessy of St. Louis: SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com,

Barbara Dorris of St. Louis: SNAP Outreach Coordinator (314) 862-7688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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