APPLETON - The trial is over. But Todd and Troy Merryfield's criticism of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is not.
An Outagamie County jury awarded the two brothers $700,000 on Monday.
Wednesday they dropped their punitive damage claim.
They could have received up to $1.4 million from the jury.
The Merryfields convinced the jury the diocese hid evidence one-time priest John Feeney had a history of inappropriate conduct with young boys before he molested the brothers in 1978.
"We're going to claim the high road," said Todd Merryfield after the conclusion of the fraud case against the Green Bay Diocese.
Merryfield says it is the right thing to do after he and his brother Troy dropped their punitive damage claim against the diocese Wednesday. The judge in the case ruled Tuesday the Merryfields' lawyers could not call key witnesses for the punitive phase of the case. The brothers say it was never about the money.
"The veil of secrecy that they have had for years and years and decades, that veil is lifted now," said Todd.
Officials for the diocese did not talk following the hearing but issued a statement saying:
"We reiterate our apology to the Merryfield family. We regret what occurred to Todd and Troy by then-Father John Feeney, as well as the pain and suffering it has caused them and their families. We will continue to adhere to strict Diocesan policies for keeping children safe and will continue to be rigorous in their communication and enforcement."
"Why can't they let the truth set them free, why are they hiding this? It seems to me instead of operating like Christians they are operating like a business. Is it about the money on their side or is it truly about the ministry of God to hide and to lie and condemn and to drag people down," said Troy Merryfield.
"They're more interested in protecting the institution than the children," said Todd.
The Merryfields say they will continue to push the diocese to tell the truth. Saying there are dozens of other known priests yet to be brought to justice.
"They can't deny it, they can't deny it, publicly, privately or otherwise and I believe I will be 99 percent whole when they come out and say yes, we admit it we did cover up and there are many other things that we covered up," said Troy.
But it's an apology Troy says he won't hold out hope for.
"I have very little faith that church and that diocese will do the right thing."
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