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Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - Tennessee





Counseling in the wake of Mickey removal

Date: August 18, 2004
by James Dowd

Counselors will be available to parents and children of two West Tennessee Catholic parishes where the priest was removed after allegations of sexual abuse arose last week. Father Richard Mickey, who served as priest at St. Mary Church in Jackson, Tenn., and at St. John Church in Brownsville was placed on administrative leave Thursday.

The action came after twin brothers Blain and Blair Chambers, now 39 and living in Montana, filed a lawsuit alleging Mickey sexually abused them in 1980 when they were students at Bishop Byrne High School. In a statement released Tuesday, Bishop J. Terry Steib of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis said, "We are deeply concerned about the safety of the children in our care both at the school and the church in Jackson. And we have a wonderful group of counselors going to Jackson who will be available for anyone who might want to air their concerns about the charges alleged against their pastor, Father Mickey."

The counselors will be at St. Mary from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday and from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25.