Remember the Survivors

SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - Tennessee
The coverr-up of clergy sexual abuse continues . . . how much longer?.
Hold religious institutions responsible for their crimes.

The links below have pertinent information about these priests of Tennessee.  Some of them were assigned from other places to diocesess of Tennessee.  

Statistics for the three Tennessee Catholic Dioceses

Keep the secrets . . . get promoted

About Joseph Kurtz - written as Kurtz left Knoxville to become Archbishop of Louisville.

About Vann Johnston - written as Johnston left Knoxville to become Bishop 

These priests abused across the state of Tennessee but Catholics do not know.  People should demand full disclosure from the bishops where these two priests have abused.  Edward McKeown will be out of prison in 2020, but he never paid a second in prison for what he did as a priest.  Frank Richards has been free to abuse and never held accountable.  Since March 1, 1989, both were "let go" by the Church to freely abuse.  Make your voice known.  Stop the cover-up.

Diocese of Knoxville, end the cover-up. 

Aug. 23, 2018:  In light of the Grand Jury report just released from Pennsylvania, one truth is certain.  We are being lied to.  The cover-up continues.

We have long known that in Tennessee we are not told the truth by church officials.  We have begged to have the church open its secret files in Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis and present a comprehensive report on the molesting priests that have been assigned to our parishes and when they were assigned there.  The people in the pews have not heard us and so the hierarchy in this diocese and across Tennessee have done nothing.  

We, however, have heard the horrific stories of clergy sexual abuse in Tennessee.  We tracked the assignments of these priests ourselves through the National Catholic Directory and found that 11 of the molesting priests have been assigned in the geographical area that is now the diocese of Knoxville.  

Bishop Richard Stika said he did not know these names . . . Really?  Did Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville not think it important to tell you, Bishop?  Stika and Kurtz may not care . . . but we do.  Victims of these pedophiles, you are not forgotten.

Demand that the voices of victims and Catholics in the pews be heard.  If the molesting priests reported to catholic officials throughout the years have intersected with parishes in the geographical area that is now the diocese of Knoxville, the people need to know the specifics.  This will further the healing of the victims.

SNAP responds to new Knoxville Bishop

Monsignor Richard Stika will be installed as the new bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee.  Here is some information about how Richard Stika dealt with clergy sexual abuse in the past. 

SNAP statement on new Knoxville Bishop. 

SNAP calls for ouster of Monsignor (2005 article)

SNAP press release from 2005 in its entirety. 

Tennessee abusive priests who were assigned to other dioceses

I has long been known that the church moved priests from one diocese to another in an attempt to cover up their crimes.  These are some of the priests in Tennessee who have been assigned to other dioceses in order to cover-up the fact that they molested children.  These are just a few.  Demand the entire list from the Church.  Click on the name to see more. This list is not complete. 

Father Paul Haas

Father Walter Emala

Father Joseph Reilly

Harry Monroe was dismissed from Indiana and lived for many years in Nashville.  The public in Nashville were never warned. Click here for more information. 

Updates to Rememberthesurvivors.com

"Furthermore there is to be a secret archive in every diocese where more sensitive materials are kept (cc. 489-490). The canons specify very few specific items that must be kept in the secret archives."

Question: The bishop of Knoxville said that there were "No secret archives." Did I just not say the exact phrase, Bishop Stika, and that's why you didn't answer honestly in front of every TV camera in Knoxville?  Secret files.   Secret archives.  Secret canonical files.  Whatever they are called. they exist and must be opened to end the cover-up.

Information and press release for media event 04-09-2010

Document release in Diocese of Memphis, TN

The diocese of Memphis found "credible" evidence that Paul St. Charles is a pedophile. The diocese of Nashville coddles St. Charles like some kind of icon. Apparently, abusing children means little to Bishop Choby and the priests of the Nashville diocese. They let the people think that St. Charles has been "vindicated" even when fellow bishop, Bishop Steib of Memphis, says St. Charles is guilty. What brotherly support from Bishop Choby to Bishop Steib!!! And, Paul St. Charles has lived in "retirement" in Nashville for more years than he was an active priest pedophile. Who has he abused in Nashville? Do you trust the clergy in Nashville to have protected your children over the years? Oops! Here are links to Caleb Hannan's recent stories about Paul St. Charles, the pedophile par excellence.

Accused pedophile Paul St. Charles lost his priesthood. But that didn't stop Nashville's bishop from giving him an award

 Rest up, Your Catholic Priest Abuse Story Fatigue may Soon be put to the Test

Memphis expose "Nothing Sacred" gives comprehensive information on Pedophile Paul St. Charles

Nothing Sacred - from the Memphis News Magazine.

Link to the information in PDF format 

Link to the information in Word format

New Lawsuit filed against Paul St. Charles

A new lawsuit has been filed against Paul St. Charles in the Shelby County Circuit court.

08/26/08 - Article from Memphis Commercial Appeal - Suit accuses retired priest of abuse

Press release for Memphis Press conference, Monday, August 25, 2008

SNAP responds to Pope's visit to US

On Sunday, April 13, 2008, SNAP will hold a vigil and press conference.  Victims of abuse will ask that all bishops be defrocked who have been abusers. 

Click here for press release from SNAP 

Click here to see a video from YouTube of the rally. 

Anthony J. O'Connell, the disgraced first bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee, admitted abuse.  Click here for information on O'Connell.

Click here for a video update as of 04/14/2008 about the taking down of O'Connell's picture at Knoxville Catholic High School.   

Many thanks to BishopAccountability.org for the table below 

Anthony J. O'Connell



1963-88Jefferson City MO priest, seminary teacher, and rector
1988-98Knoxville TN bishop
1998-2002Palm Beach FL bishop
2002Admits abuse and resigns
2002-nowPalm Beach FL emeritus

Accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a student from 9th through 12th grade at St. Thomas Aquinas Preparatory Seminary in Hannibal, where O'Connell was rector. Complainant had gone to O'Connell because of prior abuse by another priest. O'Connell admitted the abuse and another similar case and resigned. Others came forward, totaling 9 by 2004, when 2 of 3 cases were settled. O'Connell moved to the Trappists' Mepkin Abbey near Moncks Corner SC.

St. Louis Post Dispatch 3.08.02

Miami Herald 3.09.02

Kansas City Star 4.19.02

St. Louis Post Dispatch 4.03.03

Times Daily 7.18.03

Palm Beach Post 2.28.04

Palm Beach Post 5.17.04

Palm Beach Post 7.29.04

Kansas City Star11.14.04

Metro-Pulse 11.16.06

Shame on Bishop Choby! Shame on Father Ryan High School!


The people of the diocese of Nashville and the state of Tennessee are completely duped by Bishop Choby and the priests of the diocese of Nashville.  Bishop J. Terry Steib announced that Paul St. Charles is "credibly accused " of molesting teen boys.  Bishop Steib has petitioned Rome to "defrock" Paul St. Charles.  Yet, Bishop Choby gives a public award to this credibly accused priest and refuses to tell the people that he is an abuser.  This is no way to be "transparent" about clergy sexual abuse. 

Bishop Choby, you owe all victims of clergy abuse an apology.  Tell the people the truth.  Tell them that Paul St. Charles is NOT vindicated.  Tell them that there are court cases in process right now.  Tell them that Paul St. Charles is being defrocked. 

Is this in the great tradition of Father Ryan High School?  To give honors to child molesters?  If Bishop Choby and the priests of the diocese had done their jobs, the good people of Father Ryan would have known that Paul St. Charles is credibly accused.  They would know that this an outrage to all victims of clergy sexual abuse. 

We know that the Golden Grad award at Father Ryan is just about living 50 years past your graduation day.  We know that it is not some personal tribute award.  Therefore, the Golden Grad award should have been given to Paul St. Charles "in absentia."  No public award should have been given.  The bishop and the alumni association at Father Ryan could have easily made this point to Paul St. Charles.  They could have said, "The award is in the mail."  Instead, they allowed a child molester to appear in public and shake the hand of the bishop.  The bishop has never raised a hand to set the record straight about the abuse of children and teens at the hands of Paul St. Charles.  We have no pictures of victims of clergy abuse receiving an affable handshake from the bishop. 

We call upon Bishop Choby for a formal apology.  We call on Bishop Steib to stand up for his decision and demand that the people be told the truth.  We call upon Bishop Steib to stand up and tell the people of the diocese of Knoxville that Paul St. Charles was assigned in their diocese as well.  We call upon all priests to be on the side of truth and tell their respective churches about the credible allegations of Paul St. Charles. 

Click here to see the disgraceful "Golden Grad" awards given to a child molester. 

See Paul St. Charles on the front row.  Do these Golden Grads know the truth?  Did anyone bother to tell them that their classmate, Paul St. Charles has multiple abuse victims?  Did anyone bother to let a victim speak to them to tell them why this is so heinous?  Did anyone bother to think of the victims?  Is this the way clergy abuse victims can expect to be treated across the state of Tennessee? 

Cases against Memphis priests settled

Today in Memphis, SNAP of Tennessee will hold a press conference to discuss the cases settled against two Memphis priests.  Will this be the end?  NO!  This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Read the article in the Memphis Daily News for August 23, 2007.

Date settled
Docket #
CT-004851-06, Div. 6
Jane Doe #1
Joseph Nguyen
CT-005076-06, Div. 6
Jane Doe #2
Joseph Nguyen
CT-005886-06, Div.6
Jane Doe #3
Joseph Nguyen
CT-004692-05, Div. 51 Victim
Paul St. Charles
CT-005869-05, Div. 81 Victim
Paul St. Charles
CT-004275-04, Div. 92 Victims
Richard Mickey
CT-006172-06, Div. 31 Victim
Paul St. Charles

Click here to down load this table and other information provided by Memphis SNAP director, David Brown.

SNAP of Tennessee responds to appointment of Kurtz as archbishop

June 12, 2007:  Bishop Joseph Kurtz, bishop of Knoxville, has been appointed archbishop of Louisville, KY.  SNAP of Tennessee responds to this announcment as follows.

As archbishop of Louisville, Bishop Kurtz will still be in a position to know the problems across the entire state of Tennessee as well as Kentucky.  Victims of Clergy abuse are hopeful that he will handle his future duties with more compassion than he has done so far in the diocese of Knoxville.  We hope Bishop Kurtz will do a better job of listening to the pleas of victims in the following areas: 

1.  Naming the names of perpetrating priests across the diocese of Knoxville.  To date the people of the diocese of Knoxville are unaware of the large numbers of molesting priests and the hundreds of their victims across East Tennessee.  Kurtz has consistently answered our requests with a “Not-in my backyard attitude” as he shuffles responsibility off to Nashville, claiming “we weren’t a diocese then.”  This is painful to victims and is deceitful to the people in the pews who are expecting truth and transparency.  Such callous disregard for the feeling of victims is painful and wrong.  See presentation at about the deceit of the diocese of Knoxville by clicking here.   Message to Bishop Kurtz:  Tell us the names. 

2.  Bishop Kurtz will not be able to side-step his responsibilities as he did in Knoxville.  He will not be able to say, “We only go back to 1988.”  He has trained the entire diocese of Knoxville to think that nothing happened here before we became our own diocese in 1988, yet the Catholic community of Knoxville only underwent a name change from “diocese of Nashville” to “diocese of Knoxville.”  The pain of victims is real and pre-dates the 1988 timeline.  The abuse that occurred here happened by Catholic clergy and is very real and very present to the victims.  Message to Bishop Kurtz:  Tell us the extent of the abuse and when and where it occurred.  

3.  Kurtz came to Knoxville after pedophile bishop, Anthony J. O’Connell.  Bishop Kurtz has allowed and encouraged the churches and schools to keep O’Connell’s pictures on display.  The message sent to victims of abuse by refusing the simple request to take down a molesters picture sent a clear message to victims that if O'Connell remained honored their abuse was of no matter (concern) to the Bishop.  Message to Bishop Kurtz:  Correct this insensitivity before you go.  Take down O’Connell’s pictures. 

Ann Brentwood, Southeast Coordinator of SNAP , 865-984-7092
Susan  Vance, SNAP of Tennessee, 865-748-3518

5th Anniversary of Resignation of Anthony J. O'Connell, 1st bishop of Knoxville

March 8, 2007, marks the 5th anniversary of the resignation of Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell. 

Letter sent to pastors of parishes and principals of Catholic schools on March 6, 2007
Letter to be deliverd to Bishop Joseph Kurtz on the 5th anniversary of the resignation of Anthony J. O'Connell

On March 28, 2003, we met with Bishop Kurtz and expressed our concerns about the lack of facts among the people of the diocese concerning the abuse by Anthony J. O'Connell.  Here is a copy of that letter. 

Press release for press conference in Knoxville on March 8, 2007. 

O'Connell stated in the press that he had abuse "one maybe two" teenage boys.  Read the expose by the St. Louis Dispatch that will show that to have been totally false.

Background information on O'Connell's pictures being left on display in churches and schools.
Article 1  Place of Honor for a Pedophile
Article 2  Victims write about taking name off St. Mary's Oak Ridge family life center.
Article 3
Article 4

"Where's the Perp?"  A continuing series of YouTube presentations about where O'Connell's picture is still on display.
Bishop's Office
St. John Neumann
Knoxville Catholic High School
Many more to come . . . . .

Information for West Palm Beach
Article 1  Scandal still settling in West Palm Beach - National Catholic Reporter
Article 2  New Bishop faces old problem

SNAP on YouTube

Florida information

Letter to Bishop Galeone of St. Augustine, FL  Click here. 

SNAP Press Conference in Miami  --  Click here for press relesse.

Letter sent to Bishop J.C. Favalora -- Click here. 

SNAP of Tennessee website

Memphis Wheel of Corruption

The information is overwhelming.  We have depicted Memphis in the Wheel of Corruption.  Hopefully this will summarize much of the information.

Click here for the web version of the Memphis Wheel of Corruption. 

Click here for the Flash version of the Memphis Wheel of Corruption.

Click here for the Executable version of the Memphis Wheel of Corruption.  This will download to your computer. 

The Cover-up in Tennessee

SNAP of Tennessee

SNAP of Tennessee is here to help victims of clergy sexual abuse.  We will stand by you, we will walk with you, we will believe you.  Give us a chance to show our concern.  Join a self-help support group.  Find out more about this. Contact us.

Tell us the names. Tell us where they are. Who is safe until you do? Why are we still having to ask for this?!

Each diocese has the answers.  We are not allowed to know.
Each diocese has the list.  We are not allowed to see it.
Each diocese has a secret group of abusers who are being hidden.  We are kept in the dark.
Each diocese knows the truth.  We are never told.
Each diocese hides their pedophiles.  Kids are not safe.  We cannot sleep at night. 
Clergy sex offenders don't make it to the state's sex offender list.  We ask that our officials find a way to correct this. 
We demand that our children, teens and vulnerable adults be protected.  We deserve at least that much truth from the diocese. 

Letter from SNAP of Tennessee to Administrator of the Diocese of Nashville.  Click here (Word).  Click here. (HTML)
Letter from Mike Coode, Coordinator of SNAP of Nashville, to Paul St. Charles.  Click here
Statement from survivors of David Kelley.  Click here (Word).  Click here (HTML).
Ohio Supreme Court to hear appeal from David Kelley's victims.  Click here

Tennessee beware! Survivor comes to Fairfield Glade to warn of abuser moving to town

The daily news is full of stories of frightened parents trying to find out if child molesters are moving in next door.  Fairfield Glade will find out Saturday that a molester has moved in, and this former priest's victim will be telling them face-to-face.

Vicky Cubberley and four of her supporters are traveling from New Jersey to warn the Fairfield Glade neighborhood about the man moving in next door.  Since the Catholic Church never took action, Vicky's New Jersey friends will join Tennessee SNAP members to protect the children and grandchildren in the Crossville area.

Click here to see the press release, the story, and other supporting documentation. 

Information concerning press conference in Memphis, December 16th

Survivors and advocates ask for opening/reopening of cases against four Memphis priests.

James W. Murphy, William Kantner, Joseph Reilly, and Richard Mickey.
Press conference coverage in Memphis 12-16-05
to the officials of Tennesee dioceses
about four priests that victims are asking to be investigated/reinvestigated.

Notes for press conference 011206

Click here to download notes for press conference.
Click here to download letter to Bishop Joseph Kurtz.