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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Indianapolis Archdiocese settles sex abuse lawsuit; SNAP responds

Statement by Peter Islely, SNAP Midwestern Director 414-429-7259

Buechlein is one of the Midwest's most recalcitrant bishops. We believe he settled this case so top church officials could avoid facing tough questions in open court about how much he and his colleagues concealed Monroe's crimes.

This is a business deal by Buechlein, nothing more. His alleged concern for this victim is a sham. He just wants to avoid being on the witness stand, under oath, where his complicity, and that of his co-workers and predecessors, will be laid bare for all to see

Let's hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes - by Monroe or any Indiana cleric - finds the strength and courage to speak up, get help, call police, expose predators, protect others and start healing.

(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 22 years and have more than 9,000 members across the globe. 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

Contacts: David Clohessy (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312 399 4747), Mark Serrano (703 727 4940), Peter Isely (414 429 7259), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests