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SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - Tennessee
The cover-up of clergy sexual abuse continues . . . how much longer?

Lawsuit filed in Knoxville.  Former bishop and a monsignor named as well as 3 others.  

Click here for copy of the lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Knoxville on July 18, 2019.  

Click here for assignments of Monsignor Xavier Mankel.  Click here to read the lengthy articles about Mankel including all of the assignments that are noted there.  The Official Catholic Directory does not have a complete compilation of information that is located in the priest's personnel record in the diocesan office.  This magazine gives detailed information.  Click here.  

Links to media coverage:

Knoxville News Sentinel - 07222019 

Knoxville News Sentinel - 07232019

WATE channel 6 - 07222019

List of Tennessee credibly accused priests.  Click here.  The links have pertinent information about these priests of Tennessee.  Some of them were assigned from other places to dioceses of Tennessee.  

Exposing the Lies - Kmiec, Rudisill and the Cover-up:  Click here for the compilation of information on the Kmiec, Connor, and Rudisill Cover-up.  Article in the Nashville Tennessean.  Kathleen Lisle Rankin will tell of her abuse by Father James Arthur Rudisill and the cover-up by the Diocese of Nashville.  Click here for the SNAP of Tennessee revelations which prove that Bishop Edward Kmiec knowingly protected the pedophile and how the diocese of Nashville and Buffalo, NY, tried to deceive the public.  

Anthony J. O'Connell, first bishop of Knoxville, was an admitted pedophile.  Click here .

St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5-part series outlines the complicity of Church officials in the crimes of Anthony J. O'Connell.  Click here.

Tracing the O'Connell cover-up  by guilty Church hierarchy.   - Coming soon.

Carroll T. Dozier, first bishop of Memphis, was found to be on the credibly accused list of the Diocese of Richmond, VA.  Click here.

Recent press releases:  Click here for a list of recent press releases from SNAP of Tennessee

Sexual exploitation of adult women and men:  Studies show that sexual abuse of children by clergy is one of several crimes being kept secret by the Catholic church.  More will be told about the sexual exploitation of adults, both women and men.   More . . . 

Edward J. McKeown, Tennessee pedophile priest, is dead.  Never held accountable for his abuse as a priest .  Click here for the link to the story in the Nashville Tennessean.  Click here for internal link to the story.  Click here for the page on McKeown.

Tennessee needs 3rd party investigations of all three Catholic dioceses
Letter to officials - Susan Vance  Click here.  

Letter to officials - Ron Deal  Click here.

SNAP conference - Abuse of Adults by Clergy

Get Stephen de Weger's thesis by clicking here.  

Packet given out to participants in SNAP workshop on abuse of adults by clergy.  Click here to download. 

Article by Stephen de Weger.    

Website of Stephen de Weger.  www.CatholicMeToo.com    

Information by Richard Sipe.  Page 1.   Page 2.  

The SOL Reform Movement Becomes More Inclusive as Adult Victims of Sex Assault Seek Justice, Too by Marci Hamilton

A free e-book is available here for reading on your tablet or laptop or for download and print.  It is an e-book of articles taken from different sources which pertain to recent developments regarding Sexual Exploitation of Adults by clergy.  Feel free to share.  

Files/charts with important information -- Nashville:  Click here for PDF #1  Click here for webpage version of PDF #1.  Deception from Diocese of Nashville about "former priests."  Click here for PDF#2 Click here for webpage version of PDF #2.  Deceptioin from Diocese of Nashville about assignments of Joseph L. Reilly.  Click here for PDF #3 Click here for webpage version of PDF #3.  Deception from the Diocese of Nashville about assignments of Paul F. Haas.  Click here for PDF #4  Click here for webpage version of PDF#4.   Walter Emala - pedophile that Nashville won't own.   Click here for PDF #5  Click here for webpage version of PDF #5.  Deliberate deceits by Nashville on the list of 13.  Click here for PDF #6. Click here for webpage version of PDF #6  Three priests - sent to 5 states where they continued to abuse.
Files/charts with important information -- Knoxville:  Click here for a PDF #1 about the failure of the Knoxville diocese to respond to request from victims of clergy sexual abuse.   Click here for a PDF #2 with the names of the pedophile priests from the recent Nashville list who have been assigned in what is now the diocese of Knoxville. There are 11 priests who have been assigned in the area that is now named Diocese of Knoxville.  There will be more revealed as time goes on.

Press release for Knoxville press conference 11-09-2018

Article - Knoxville News Sentinel - by Amy Mcrary

Now there are 16 -- Nashville has 5 priests hidden in list trafficked to other states

Nashville:  11/09/2018  -- Walter Emala, James A.  Kemper, and James Pratt are not on the list of accused priests from the diocese of Nashville.  SNAP of Tennessee had sent a letter to Bishop Mark Spalding on November 1, 2018 to ask that 6 more names be added to the list.  The Diocese put these two from the list.  There are still more to be looked at. 


Four of the 16 priests were assigned to other states.  These are James A. Kemper, Walter Emala, Paul Haas,  Joseph L. Reilly, and Anthony G. Stredny
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Why is Kenneth Gansmann, OFM who was at St. Vincent's in Nashville, not listed on the Nashville Pedophile priest list?  

Press release for Nashville press conference 11-09-2018

Deliberate mistakes by Diocese of Nashville:  

James A Kemper - the entry on the website of the diocese of Nashville is incorrect.  They list Kemper as being on active duty until 1964 when, in fact, the diocese lists him in the Official Catholic Directory as "on duty outside the diocese" for many years.  He apparently was incardinated into the diocese of Memphis in 1971 and appears on the Memphis OCD pages for 1972 and 1973.  Did he become a priest of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe or did he remain a Tennessee priest just on duty outside the diocese?  Which diocese has his secret canonical file?  Kemper is listed on the pedophile list for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.  

Kenneth Gansmann, OFM - In 2014, Nashville admitted this priest was assigned for years in the diocese of Nashville.  They did not report this in the recent release of names.  Gansmann appeared on the pedophile list of another diocese thus prompting the admission in 2014.  

Diocese of Nashville releases names of 16 priests accused of abusing minors

Father Edward James Cleary. Born April 18, 1914; ordained; May 18, 1940; died Nov. 10, 1997.


Father James William Murphy Jr. Born Sept. 12, 1922; ordained April 3, 1948 in Memphis; died Oct. 11, 2016.


Father James Arthur Rudisill. Born May 16, 1926; ordained May 19, 1951; retired Feb. 10, 1995; died Feb. 8, 2008.


Father Edward Albert Walenga. Born Nov., 2, 1926; ordained May 30, 1953; died Nov. 27, 1983.


Father Roger R. Lott, O.S.B. Ordained in 1954; removed from duty and placed in a restricted setting by his order in 1996; died May 22, 2011.


Msgr. William Floyd Davis. Born Aug. 17, 1929; ordained May 26, 1956; incardinated in the Diocese of Memphis 1972; died Oct. 26, 2011.


Joseph L. Reilly. Born Dec. 16, 1928; ordained May 26, 1956; dismissed from the priesthood of the Diocese of Nashville 1965; died March 9, 1981.(Joseph Reilly is NOT dead.  The diocese retracted this on 11-08-2018 stating that Reilly had erroneously been listed by them as dead.)


Paul Frederick Haas. Born Dec. 14, 1933; ordained May 23, 1959; dismissed from the priesthood of the Diocese of Nashville May 24, 1977; died June 7, 1979.


Paul Wiley St. Charles. Born June 23, 1939; ordained May 21, 1966; Incardinated into the Diocese of Memphis; dismissed from the priesthood of the Diocese of Memphis 2004; died Dec. 27, 2009.


William Claude Casey. Born Jan. 4, 1934; ordained May 2, 1969; incardinated in the Diocese of Knoxville Sept. 8, 1988; dismissed from the priesthood of the Diocese of Knoxville 2010; currently incarcerated.


Edward Joseph McKeown. Born March 18, 1944; ordained Jan. 31, 1970; dismissed from the priesthood of the Diocese of Nashville March 1, 1989; currently incarcerated.


Ronald W. Dickman. Born July 13, 1944; ordained June 5, 1971; dismissed from the priesthood of the Diocese of Nashville 1991.


Franklin T. Richards. Born March 18, 1947; ordained Jan. 26, 1973; dismissed from the priesthood of the Diocese of Nashville March 1, 1989.

Nashville information you should know.  

Click here for PDF #1   Click here for webpage version of PDF #1.  Deception from Diocese of Nashville about "former priests."

Click here for PDF#2    Click here for webpage version of PDF #2.  Deceptioin from Diocese of Nashville about assignments of Joseph L. Reilly

Click here for PDF #3   Click here for webpage version of PDF #3.  Deception from the Diocese of Nashville about assignments of Paul F. Haas.  

Click here for PDF #4  Click here for webpage version of PDF#4.   Walter Emala - pedophile that Nashville won't own.

Click here for PDF #5  Click here for webpage version of PDF #5.  Deliberate deceits by Nashville on the list of 13.


.See this file for information on Knoxville deception.  Click here for downloadable PDF version.  Click here for webpage version.  Deception of Bishops Stika and Kurtz (and involvement of Father Vann Johnston) in release of names of abusive priests.  

 

Nashville reveals interstate trafficking of pedophile priests in 11/02/2018 release of 13 namesNovember 5, 2018: 

 

The diocese of Nashville tried to bury the awful truth about interstate trafficking of pedophiles in their Friday, November 2, release of the names of 13 pedophile priests.  Studies by SNAP of Tennessee gave indicated that Georgia, Kentucky and Arkansas were sent pedophile priests from the diocese of Nashville.  Where the bishops in these diocese complicit in letting pedophile priests serve in their dioceses?  Did the bishops in these areas of Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee send Tennessee their pedophile priest/priests in a kind of sick exchange program?  See the PDF files below or click on the links and decide for yourself about this illegal trafficking of pedophiles.


Deceptions by the diocese of Nashville found in the article:   Diocese publishes names of priests accused of abusing minors  Click for internal link to this article.  


13 FORMER priests???- Deception #1. Download PDF File page 1.  

Assignments of Joseph Reilly - Trafficking of this pedophile to Georgia.  Download PDF file page 2.

Assignments of Paul F. Haas - Trafficking of this pedophile to Arkansas and Kentucky.  Download PDF file page 3.

SNAP sends in more names:  Letter sent to Bishop Mark Spalding of Nashville on 11/01/2018.  Click here.  Two of the six names were then put on the list on 11-09-2018.  

Statistics for the three Tennessee Catholic Dioceses in the Metropolitan See of Louisville, KY

Diocese of Knoxville

Diocese of Nashville

Diocese of Memphis

Keep the secrets . . . get promoted

About Joseph E. Kurtz - written as Kurtz left Knoxville to become Archbishop of Louisville.

About James Vann Johnston - written as Johnston left Knoxville to become Bishop 

About Richard Stika - written when made bishop of Knoxville

Unfinished Business:  People should demand full disclosure from the bishops where these two priests have abused.  Edward McKeown has died never having been held accountable for his crimes against children while he was a priest.  Frank Richards has been free to abuse and never held accountable.  He is free today.  Since March 1, 1989, both were "let go" by the Church to freely abuse.  Make your voice known.  Stop the cover-up.

Information on Edward J. McKeown

Information on Franklin (Frank) T. Richards

Diocese of Knoxville, end the cover-up:  Read about the Dangerous 11 and the refusal of the Diocese of Knoxville to report this to the people.  

Tennessee abusive priests who were assigned to other dioceses:  I has long been known that the church moved priests from one diocese to another in an attempt to cover up their crimes.  These are some of the priests in Tennessee who have been assigned to other dioceses in order to cover-up the fact that they molested children.  These are just a few.  Demand the entire list from the Church.  Click on the name to see more. This list is not complete.

Father Paul Haas

Father Walter Emala

Father Joseph Reilly

Father James A. Kemper

Father Anthony Stredny

Document release in Diocese of Memphis, TN

The diocese of Memphis found "credible" evidence that Paul St. Charles is a pedophile. The diocese of Nashville coddles St. Charles like some kind of icon. Apparently, abusing children means little to Bishop Choby and the priests of the Nashville diocese. They let the people think that St. Charles has been "vindicated" even when fellow bishop, Bishop Steib of Memphis, says St. Charles is guilty. What brotherly support from Bishop Choby to Bishop Steib!!! And, Paul St. Charles has lived in "retirement" in Nashville for more years than he was an active priest pedophile. Who has he abused in Nashville? Do you trust the clergy in Nashville to have protected your children over the years? Oops! Here are links to Caleb Hannan's recent stories about Paul St. Charles, the pedophile par excellence.


Accused pedophile Paul St. Charles lost his priesthood. But that didn't stop Nashville's bishop from giving him an award

 Rest up, Your Catholic Priest Abuse Story Fatigue may Soon be put to the Test

Shame on Bishop Choby! Shame on Father Ryan High School!

PAUL ST. CHARLES IS NOT VINDICATED!  WHAT IS BISHOP CHOBY DOING HONORING A CHILD MOLESTER!

The people of the diocese of Nashville and the state of Tennessee are completely duped by Bishop Choby and the priests of the diocese of Nashville.  Bishop J. Terry Steib announced that Paul St. Charles is "credibly accused " of molesting teen boys.  Bishop Steib has petitioned Rome to "defrock" Paul St. Charles.  Yet, Bishop Choby gives a public award to this credibly accused priest and refuses to tell the people that he is an abuser.  This is no way to be "transparent" about clergy sexual abuse. 

Bishop Choby, you owe all victims of clergy abuse an apology.  Tell the people the truth.  Tell them that Paul St. Charles is NOT vindicated.  Tell them that there are court cases in process right now.  Tell them that Paul St. Charles is being defrocked. 

Is this in the great tradition of Father Ryan High School?  To give honors to child molesters?  If Bishop Choby and the priests of the diocese had done their jobs, the good people of Father Ryan would have known that Paul St. Charles is credibly accused.  They would know that this an outrage to all victims of clergy sexual abuse. 

WHAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED ABOUT THE "GOLDEN GRAD" AWARD FOR PAUL ST. CHARLES? 
We know that the Golden Grad award at Father Ryan is just about living 50 years past your graduation day.  We know that it is not some personal tribute award.  Therefore, the Golden Grad award should have been given to Paul St. Charles "in absentia."  No public award should have been given.  The bishop and the alumni association at Father Ryan could have easily made this point to Paul St. Charles.  They could have said, "The award is in the mail."  Instead, they allowed a child molester to appear in public and shake the hand of the bishop.  The bishop has never raised a hand to set the record straight about the abuse of children and teens at the hands of Paul St. Charles.  We have no pictures of victims of clergy abuse receiving an affable handshake from the bishop. 

We call upon Bishop Choby for a formal apology.  We call on Bishop Steib to stand up for his decision and demand that the people be told the truth.  We call upon Bishop Steib to stand up and tell the people of the diocese of Knoxville that Paul St. Charles was assigned in their diocese as well.  We call upon all priests to be on the side of truth and tell their respective churches about the credible allegations of Paul St. Charles. 

Click here to see the disgraceful "Golden Grad" awards given to a child molester. 

See Paul St. Charles on the front row.  Do these Golden Grads know the truth?  Did anyone bother to tell them that their classmate, Paul St. Charles has multiple abuse victims?  Did anyone bother to let a victim speak to them to tell them why this is so heinous?  Did anyone bother to think of the victims?  Is this the way clergy abuse victims can expect to be treated across the state of Tennessee? 

Cases against Memphis priests settled

Read the article in the Memphis Daily News for August 23, 2007.  Click here for the on-site article.
 No.
Date settled
Docket #
 Plaintiff
 Priest
 1
 June 19, 2007

CT-004851-06, Div. 6

 Jane Doe #1
  Joseph Nguyen
 2
 June 19, 2007
 CT-005076-06, Div. 6
Jane Doe #2
  Joseph Nguyen
 3
  June 19, 2007 
 CT-005886-06, Div. 6
Jane Doe #3
  Joseph Nguyen
 4
July 17, 2007

CT-004692-05, Div. 5

1 Victim
 Paul St. Charles
 5
July 17, 2007
CT-005869-05, Div. 8
1 Victim
 Paul St. Charles
 6
July 26, 2007
CT-004275-04, Div. 9
 2 Victims
 Richard Mickey
 7
August 14, 2007
 CT-006172-06, Div. 3
1 Victim
 Paul St. Charles

SNAP of Tennessee responds to appointment of Kurtz as archbishop

June 12, 2007:  Bishop Joseph Kurtz, bishop of Knoxville, has been appointed archbishop of Louisville, KY.  SNAP of Tennessee responds to this announcment as follows.
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As archbishop of Louisville, Bishop Kurtz will still be in a position to know the problems across the entire state of Tennessee as well as Kentucky. Victims of Clergy abuse are hopeful that he will handle his future duties with more compassion than he has done so far in the diocese of Knoxville. We hope Bishop Kurtz will do a better job of listening to the pleas of victims in the following areas: 


1. Naming the names of perpetrating priests across the diocese of Knoxville. To date the people of the diocese of Knoxville are unaware of the large numbers of molesting priests and the hundreds of their victims across East Tennessee. Kurtz has consistently answered our requests with a “Not-in my backyard attitude” as he shuffles responsibility off to Nashville, claiming “we weren’t a diocese then.” This is painful to victims and is deceitful to the people in the pews who are expecting truth and transparency. Such callous disregard for the feeling of victims is painful and wrong. See presentation at about the deceit of the diocese of Knoxville by clicking here.   Message to Bishop Kurtz: Tell us the names.


2. Bishop Kurtz will not be able to side-step his responsibilities as he did in Knoxville. He will not be able to say, “We only go back to 1988.” He has trained the entire diocese of Knoxville to think that nothing happened here before we became our own diocese in 1988, yet the Catholic community of Knoxville only underwent a name change from “diocese of Nashville” to “diocese of Knoxville.” The pain of victims is real and pre-dates the 1988 timeline. The abuse that occurred here happened by Catholic clergy and is very real and very present to the victims. Message to Bishop Kurtz: Tell us the extent of the abuse and when and where it occurred. 


3. Kurtz came to Knoxville after pedophile bishop, Anthony J. O’Connell. Bishop Kurtz has allowed and encouraged the churches and schools to keep O’Connell’s pictures on display. The message sent to victims of abuse by refusing the simple request to take down a molesters picture sent a clear message to victims that if O'Connell remained honored their abuse was of no matter (concern) to the Bishop. Message to Bishop Kurtz: Correct this insensitivity before you go. Take down O’Connell’s pictures.


CONTACT INFORMATION:
Ann Brentwood, Southeast Coordinator of SNAP , 865-984-7092
Susan Vance, SNAP of Tennessee, 865-748-3518

5th Anniversary of Resignation of Anthony J. O'Connell, 1st bishop of Knoxville

March 8, 2007, marks the 5th anniversary of the resignation of Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell. 

Letter sent to pastors of parishes and principals of Catholic schools on March 6, 2007
Letter to be deliverd to Bishop Joseph Kurtz on the 5th anniversary of the resignation of Anthony J. O'Connell

On March 28, 2003, we met with Bishop Kurtz and expressed our concerns about the lack of facts among the people of the diocese concerning the abuse by Anthony J. O'Connell.  Here is a copy of that letter. 

Press release for press conference in Knoxville on March 8, 2007. 

O'Connell stated in the press that he had abuse "one maybe two" teenage boys.  Read the expose by the St. Louis Dispatch that will show that to have been totally false.

Background information on O'Connell's pictures being left on display in churches and schools.
Article 1  Place of Honor for a Pedophile
Article 2  Victims write about taking name off St. Mary's Oak Ridge family life center.
Article 3
Article 4

Information for West Palm Beach
Article 1  Scandal still settling in West Palm Beach - National Catholic Reporter
Article 2  New Bishop faces old problem

Florida information

Letter to Bishop Galeone of St. Augustine, FL  Click here. 

SNAP Press Conference in Miami  --  Click here for press relesse.

Letter sent to Bishop J.C. Favalora -- Click here. 

SNAP of Tennessee website

Memphis Wheel of Corruption

The information is overwhelming.  We have depicted Memphis in the Wheel of Corruption.  Hopefully this will summarize much of the information.

Click here for the web version of the Memphis Wheel of Corruption. 

Click here for the Flash version of the Memphis Wheel of Corruption.

Click here for the Executable version of the Memphis Wheel of Corruption.  This will download to your computer. 


The Cover-up in Tennessee

SNAP of Tennessee

SNAP of Tennessee is here to help victims of clergy sexual abuse.  We will stand by you, we will walk with you, we will believe you.  Give us a chance to show our concern.  Join a self-help support group.  Find out more about this. Contact us.

Tell us the names. Tell us where they are. Who is safe until you do? Why are we still having to ask for this?!

Each diocese has the answers.  We are not allowed to know.
Each diocese has the list.  We are not allowed to see it.
Each diocese has a secret group of abusers who are being hidden.  We are kept in the dark.
Each diocese knows the truth.  We are never told.
Each diocese hides their pedophiles.  Kids are not safe.  We cannot sleep at night. 
Clergy sex offenders don't make it to the state's sex offender list.  We ask that our officials find a way to correct this. 
We demand that our children, teens and vulnerable adults be protected.  We deserve at least that much truth from the diocese. 


Letter from SNAP of Tennessee to Administrator of the Diocese of Nashville.  Click here (Word).  Click here. (HTML)
Letter from Mike Coode, Coordinator of SNAP of Nashville, to Paul St. Charles.  Click here
Statement from survivors of David Kelley.  Click here (Word).  Click here (HTML).
Ohio Supreme Court to hear appeal from David Kelley's victims.  Click here

Information concerning press conference in Memphis, December 16th

Notes for press conference 011206

Click here to download notes for press conference.
Click here to download letter to Bishop Joseph Kurtz.