Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis knew of Harry E. Monroe's abuse
Lawsuit: archdiocese knew of abuse charges as it moved
By The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - The Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis knew
about six allegations of child sexual abuse against a priest when it placed him
in a rural parish where he molested again, a lawsuit filed Wednesday
The lawsuit, the fifth in two months to accuse the Rev. Harry E.
Monroe of molesting young male parishioners, was filed in Marion Superior Court
against the former priest and the 240,000-member archdiocese. The unidentified
plaintiff alleges Monroe molested him at St. Paul Parish in Tell City over the
two years before the archdiocese removed him from ministry in 1984.
He was taken and placed in a rural parish where I'm sure the
archdiocese thought that he couldn't get them in trouble,'' said attorney
Patrick Noaker of Minneapolis, who represents each of the plaintiffs suing
We are especially hurt when we read or hear allegations of
sexual abuse of children by our own clergy,'' the statement said. It urged abuse
victims to contact police and Suzanne Yakimchick, the archdiocese's chancellor
and its lead officer for assisting victims.