May 18, 2005

SNAP protests St. Mary's pastor

Jackson Sun

May 18 2005

A victims' advocacy group has started a flier campaign against the pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Jackson.

Members of SNAP, which stands for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, were in Jackson over the weekend passing out fliers and attached copies of alleged letters and public trial documents from the ongoing civil case against the Rev. Richard Mickey.

''We consider the reinstatement of Father Mickey to be a reckless disregard for diocesan policy as well as for the judicial process'' is one of the statements in bold, black letters on the front of the flier.

Mickey was put on administrative leave last August following sexual abuse allegations that were made public. After an internal investigation by the diocese, Mickey was reinstated at St. Mary's in February.

Twin brothers Blain and Blair Chambers accuse Mickey of abusing them in 1980 when they were students at Bishop Byrne High School in Memphis, where Mickey was working as a counselor. Mickey, who was ordained as a priest in 1988, was a counselor to one of the teens and a religion instructor to the other, according to the lawsuit.

Posted by kshaw at May 18, 2005 05:19 AM