SNAP Calling for Indianapolis Archdiocese to Admit Cover up

WISH [Indianapolis IN]
August 15, 2006

A call to catholic leaders in Indianapolis Monday to admit the alleged role of the church in covering up the actions of a priest accused of abuse. Abuse survivors held a news conference outside the office of the Archdiocese on behalf of a woman who's suing the church. She says Father Germain Belen abused her in Terre Haute more than three decades ago.

Members of SNAP, Survivor Network of Those Abused by Priests, are accusing Catholic leaders of withholding information by manipulating the legal system.

"If church officials honestly believe Father Belen is innocent, then by all means defend him. Our position is though, fight fair, don't fight dirty," said David Clohessy, SNAP National Director.

24-Hour News 8 contacted Catholic Church officials and they say they cannot comment on any pending litigation. But in general the Archdiocese urges people to come forward to report any misconduct. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Gretchen Mayerhofer is now 40 and lives in California.


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