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Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - Tennessee




Letter to Bishop Steib - 12/16/2005 Please don't put yourself above the law; wait for the courts!

December 16, 2005


The Most Reverend J. Terry Steib, S.V.D.

The Catholic Center
5825 Shelby Oaks Drive
Memphis, TN 38134-7316

Dear Bishop Steib,

As SNAP has previously stated, we believe the prudent response to the allegations of sexual abuse by Richard Mickey should have been to await the conclusion of the civil trial.  In light of the willingness to reinvestigate the Murphy case, we request that the Mickey case also be reexamined. 

To have convened a diocesan review board investigation and preempted the judicial process is reckless and irresponsible behavior.  This type of clericalism, setting you above the law, does nothing to engender transparency and trust.  The diocese opted for the popular decision to reinstate Mickey over the prudent decision to protect children.  What is the message being sent to the children of your diocese?

By your ceremonial presence at the widely publicized reinstatement of a priest not yet cleared of charges, you showed disdain and disrespect for the victims of clergy sexual abuse.  Victims continue to work and seek and hope for a compassionate bishop who will stand for them.  You have broken faith with us yet again.



Susan Vance, Co-director of SNAP of Tennessee, 8324 South Burchfield Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 - 865-748-3518
Ann Brentwood Co-director of SNAP of Tennessee, 865-607-6119
David Brown, Memphis Coordinator of SNAP of Tennessee, 865-569-4500
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566-9790 cell

cc:  J. Martin Regan, Chairman of Diocesan Review Board of Memphis