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First news outlets are starting to tell the story of the scandal

Posted by snaptn on May 31, 2021 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (175)

For the first time, we are starting to see movement in Knoxville about the scandal that is engulfing the Diocese of Knoxville.  Claire Heddles of WUOT 91.9 FM has begun reporting on the problems that surround Bishop Richard Stika and a seminarian accused of sexual misconduct.  

Here is the page where you will find the audio files as well as the transcripts of these public radio stories.  Just a beginning but we who are survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their advocates are grateful.  

Click here to see the WUOT page of audios and transcripts. 

Go to the home page if you want to get a list of the articles by JD Flynn from the Pillar.  There are four very revealing articles that have paved the way for the truth to be told.  

Fasten your seatbelt.  Things are going to get interesting.  

Systemic Blackmail

Posted by snaptn on May 23, 2021 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (3486)

I think that it is very important to explore the concept of systemic blackmail in relation to the Catholic Diocese of Knoxviile, Tennessee.  Actually, this applies to all of the diocese of the Catholic Church.  I am going to study the work of Dr. Stephen de Weger.  He is the de facto expert in my book on the issue of adult sexual exploitation by clergy.  I listened to his interview on  You can hear it at this link:

This holds the key to the interconnectivity between child sexual abuse and adult exploitation.  It is intrinsic to understanding what is going on.  More later.

Movement begins to make Edward McKeown pay for his crimes as a priest

Posted by snaptn on April 20, 2015 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (4)

It is very disconcerting to live 30 miles from a town where a priest pedophile raped boys for years and got away with it. In fact most people in the parish don't know the truth at all ...and don't want to know.

The current bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville does not know and does not care. Is it any wonder that the younger priests of the Diocese are completely in the dark about the abuse that occurred to the very parishioners they are assigned to help. There is a group though who are not going to get away with hiding. Who are they?

The older priests of the diocese.  The ones who were here.   They know. They kept silent. They are as guilty of conspiracy as any other group of criminals. Who are these older priests? I'll let you know.

And while you will hear that the diocese of Knoxville did not exist back then, don't be fooled.  This area was called diocese of Nashville at that time, it is true.  However, those priests are still here.  This area is home to them and they did not leave despite the name change to "Diocese of Knoxville."  And they let a pedophile priest prey on the young boys of this area they call home.  

Disgraceful.  And not to remain hidden forever.  

Don't let Edward McKeown out of jail

Posted by snaptn on April 19, 2015 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The following is a post that I made on August 8, 2014 on another blog. It is more relavent today than ever.  I am going to repost it now. 


I get worried that Edward McKeown will walk the streets again. He should never get out of jail.


Father Edward McKeown abused across Middle and East Tennessee. The bishop and many, many priests knew. McKeown left the priesthood on March 1, 1989 without anyone knowing how many little boys he had raped. The church never told the Catholics what McKeown had done. They let statutes of limitation run and sent their "problem" back out into the community at large to abuse more boys.


McKeown is not the only criminal here. The bishop and any priest who knew what McKeown had done should be sitting in the prison cell with him. That won't happen but it should.


Don't let McKeown ever get parole. Give the rape victims of McKeown at least that small amount of justice.