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Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - Tennessee




Bishop Richard F. Stika

2009:  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. `

Click here to read what Stika did as the head of the child protection department when he was in St. Louis.  SNAP asked for him to be fired.  

SNAP statement on new Knoxville Bishop.

SNAP calls for ouster of Monsignor (2005 article)

SNAP press release from 2005 in its entirety

Dangerous 11 ignored by Bishop Richard Stika

Bishop Stika would not take this chart seriously.  Now we can fill in the priests that he refused to help us identify. After 16 years of asking for the release of this information, finally some part of the truth from the diocese of Nashville..  

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.


Press release for Friday, April 9, 2010 in Knoxville, TN

Letter to be given to Bishop Richard following press conference - 04-09-2010

Dangerous 11 chart to be given at press conference - 04-09-2010

Watch the NOT-SO-PERFECT diocese of Knoxville Video

Information on Walter Emala

Information on Edward McKeown

Information on Frank Richards

Information on Paul St. Charles