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Todd, Troy Merryfield want face-to-face apology from GB Catholic Diocese


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Two brothers are speaking out for the first time since the settlement of their civil lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

Todd and Troy Merryfield received $700,000 in an out-of-court settlement with the Diocese, after suing them for fraud, for covering up the history of abuse by a former priest.

Fr. John Feeney was convicted of sexually abused the boys, while Feeney served at a Freedom church in 1978.

But at a press conference Friday, the Merryfield brothers say their fight isn't over. The Merryfields say they'll have closure once they receive a face-to-face apology from the diocese. 

“Money doesn't cure something like this,” Todd Merryfield told FOX 11. “It never does. Anybody who tells you that, they are lying.” 

“But how long can you continue to go? I've had so many fights, almost physical fisticuffs with my dad over the years because they just wanted me to get over it, grow up, forget about it and I just couldn't do it,” said Troy Merryfield. 

After the Merryfields spoke, the diocese released a statement saying Bishop David Ricken reached out to the brothers in the hope of meeting with them personally. 

The diocese also reaffirmed a statement sent on Tuesday after the settlement announcement. 

"First and foremost, I would like to say I am truly sorry to Todd Merryfield and Troy Merryfield, as well as their families, for the pain they have endured from child sexual abuse and the lawsuits that followed," said Bishop Ricken in the statement.