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Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - Tennessee




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How long are we going to take to this? 

Come back to this page for updates.  You will find out how long we have suffered from the insensitivity of the church in Tennessee.  You will find out how long pedophile clergy have been allowed to live in our midst unidentified and unpunished.  You will see much more.  Click on links below for information.

Richard Mickey
Anthony J. O'Connell

Richard Mickey

As of 06/08/06, 548 days since the diocese of Memphis lied about being committed to the safety of children.
Click here to update the calendar of the corruption of the diocese of Memphis in putting Mickey back in ministry.

On February 19, 2005, the Bishop Steib ignored the safety of teens and put Richard Mickey back in ministry at St. Mary's Church, Jackson, Tennessee.  The civil suit filed alleging sexual abuse by Mickey was NOT concluded and is still not concluded.  Bishop Steib "prayerfully" decided that he could be above the law and put Mickey back in ministry.   Where is the promise not to snub your nose at the law again?  Where is your promise to follow the dictates of the legal process?  You and your review board listened to the friends and supporters of Mickey and "made your decision" to reinstate him?  What if you made a mistake?  Will the people look kindly on your deliberate flaunting of the legal system?  Will the review board join in taking the responsibility for any harm done by your decision? 

Anthony J. O'Connell

As of 06/05/2006,1550 days since March 8, 2002, when Anthony J. O'Connell admitted to sexually abusing "one maybe two" young seminarians under the age of 17.  O'Connell was the first bishop of Knoxville from 1988 to 1998.  What did the diocese of Knoxville do about this? 
  • St. Mary's parish grudgingly took O'Connell's name off the building they had dedicated to him.  It took almost a year to get the name of this admitted pedophile off this building even though the building housed the gym for the parish elementary school.  What message to children?  Pedophiles will get the easy treatment, and adults will have to "ponder and pray" about whether to remove the dedication of a building from a man who admittedly is an abuser.  Pitiful response from people who should know better.  The parish priest did not think it was a good idea to let two of O'Connell's victims to attend the ceremony removing the name from the building.  "Not appropriate."  What is not appropriate is the continuing refusal to believe the extent of the abuse by O'Connell.  It is a slap in the face of the many men who have come forward to accuse O'Connell of abuse. 
  • Pictures of O'Connell can still be found in churches and schools throughout the diocese.  Why do they still honor this pedophile?  "Because he did so much good . . ."  Ask his many victims what he did to them.  "Because he is part of our history . . . " Then put a plaque on each of these many pictures still on your walls that says "Admitted child molester" so that "history" will be really correct.  As it is, the diocese of Knoxville is still satisfied with lies.  The bishop and the priests don't care if the truth is never told.  They would like the people in the pews to remain ignorant.  So far, it has worked.  Stand up and demand the truth.  Bishop Kurtz refuses to call the victims who want to talk to him.  Will YOU listen to them?
(Click here to update the day counter since O'Connell's public admission of abuse)