Early national response to O'Connell's resignation
Anthony J. O'Connell's victims speak
Click here to read the first of a three-part series exposing what O'Connell's victims have tried to tell us for so long. Read the very thorough investigative reporting of Pat O'Connor in the Sunday, 11/14/04 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Secrets, sins and silence - 11/14/04
Coming to terms, confronting the church - 11/15/04
Woman told of allegations by students at seminary - 11/15/04
Dad is haunted by family friend's abuse of son - 11/15/04
As scandal breaks, the search for truth begins - 11/16/04
Beginnings of SNAP's work in Tennessee
First Meeting with Bishop Kurtz which began the Journey of SNAP in Tennessee
We have tried to get the images of Anthony O'Connell off of walls in churches and schools in the diocese of Knoxville. The diocese has remained insensitive to the requests of victims to do so. Here is the first correspondence that we had on the issue.
- David Clohessy requests that the images of first bishop and admitted child molester, Anthony J. Connell be removed. Click here to read the letter sent Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz
- Bishop Kurtz responded that the images of O'Connell will stay up on walls of churches, schools, youth ministry offices, chauncery buildings, etc. Click here to read Bishop Kurtz's response to David Clohessy.
Letter sent to Bishop Kurtz on 5th anniversary of the resignation of Bishop O'Connell
The people of East Tennessee are still being duped by the diocese of Knoxville. Lies about Bishop Anthony O'Connell are pervasive and allowed to fester on purpose by the diocese. They do not really want the people to know the truth. They still allow pictures of Anthony O'Connell to remain in places of prominence. This is a travesty and a slap in the face of victims. Here is the letter.
MAY 6, 2004 -- Alleged abuse victims ask Alumni to seek help
Press release from five of O'Connell's victims
MAY 6, 2004 -- LETTER SENT TO ALUMNI FOR NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR VICTIMS OF O'CONNELL
MAY 1, 2004 - Chris Dixon writes the Knoxville News Sentinel
APRIL 18, 2004 -- PALM BEACH POST REPORTS ON ANTHONY J. O'CONNELL AT MEPKIN ABBEY
PRESS COVERAGE IN THE LOCAL CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER AND OTHER NEWSPAPERS
Why We Don't Display Pictures, Portraits, etc of Abusers
GREG BULLOUGH explains clearly why the Diocese of Knoxville should take down all images of O'Connell.
LINKS TO INFORMATION ON ANTHONY J. O'CONNELL TAKEN FROM ANDERSONADVOCATES.COM
John V. Doe v. Holy See, et al., File No. CV 02 430 BR. Click to view pdf. (185k)
Gomez v. Holy See, et al., Court File No. 02-2692C1-19 Click to view pdf. (142k)
John CC Doe v. Most Rev. Anthony J. OConnell, et al. Click to view pdf. (39k)
Correspondence and e-mails from Bishop Anthony O'Connell
INFORMATION FROM MIKE WEGS, A VICTIM/SURVIVOR OF O'CONNELL
The following information is written by Mike Wegs, a victim/survivor of Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell.
Here is an introduction to Mike in his own words:
"I was affiliated with the Diocese of Jefferson City for more than 10 years (1967-1979): one-fifth of the history of this Church in Missouri. In addition, I want to state publicly that the allegations of sexual misconduct that I brought in a John Doe lawsuit against Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell are valid (Doe v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, et al., CV302-142CC). Marion County Court Judge David Dardin ruled in my case: churches can be held to the same standard as any other entity that is in the position of caring for children."
Here are links to information. Please know that some of this information is disturbing so read this with that fact in mind.
Bishop Anthony J. OConnell and St. Marys Roman Catholic Church . . . Read the letter that Mike wrote for publication in one of the local newspapers. Neither the secular nor the diocesan papers would print this letter.
Open letter to Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz of the Diocese of Knoxville from Mike Wegs and Timothy Link, another victim/survivor of O'Connell. . . Neither the secular nor the diocesan papers would print this letter.
Letter to Bishop Wilton Gregory requesting the removal of Cardinal Law of Boston. Written by Mike Wegs.
The Sound of Rachel Weeping by Mike Wegs. A gripping account of victim's pain and the corruption that causes it.