Knoxville Priests Request ‘Merciful Relief’ From Bishop Stika

Priests of the Knoxville diocese asked a papal representative last year for “merciful relief” from the leadership of Bishop Rick Stika. More than six months later, they have received no response to their request, and there has not been any conclusion to a Vatican investigation into Stika’s leadership. “Our experience of our appointed bishop varies … Read more

Lawsuit Claims Bishop Stika Allowed Priest Admitting To Sexual Battery To Remain At Parish

A priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church was named in a lawsuit claiming that the priest sexually battered a parishioner in 2020 and Bishop Richard Stika allowed him to continue to work for the church after receiving the assault report from law enforcement, according to court documents obtained by WVLT News. In February of 2020, … Read more

Bishop Stika Sued for Alleged Rape Cover-Up

A Feb. 22 lawsuit against the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee, and its bishop, alleges that a former parish organist was raped and sexually harassed by a diocesan employee and seminarian, and that a diocesan investigation into his allegation was impeded by the bishop. Bishop Rick Stika told The Pillar last year that he removed a … Read more

Why Did Bishop Stika Replace Investigator In Seminarian Probe?

Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee, sidelined an investigator appointed to scrutinize allegations of sexual assault and misconduct committed by a diocesan seminarian. The bishop told The Pillar he intervened because he did not believe the investigator appointed by a diocesan review board was competent for the task, and that he is convinced of the … Read more

Bishop Stika Faces Likely Vatican Investigation

The Vatican has received multiple allegations of administrative misconduct against Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, and is expected to authorize an investigation under the terms of Vos estis lux mundi, The Pillar has learned. Complaints filed against the bishop allege that Stika impeded or restricted investigations into accusations of serial sexual misconduct by a seminarian … Read more

Bishop Stika: I Don’t See How Joe Biden Claims to Be a ‘Good and Faithful Catholic’

Thank Bishop Stika for setting an example for U.S. Bishops who have remained silent about Joe Biden. Tennessee Bishop Rick Stika questioned Joe Biden’s standing as a Catholic on Friday, basing that on Biden’s public stance against Church teaching regarding abortion. “Don’t understand how Mr. Biden can claim to be a good and faithful Catholic … Read more

An Open Letter Response to Bishop Stika

Your Excellency, Thank you for your Facebook response attempting to clarify the intent of your tweet from November 24, 2019. However, we are deeply saddened by your accusation that we are trying to harass you by suggesting our readers contact you and respectfully request a correction of your misleading tweet, as well as pray for … Read more

Bishop Stika: “Mass is Not the Worship of Jesus”

UPDATE: Bishop Stika has responded to our post – you can read his response in this post. Earlier this week, Bishop Richard Stika of the diocese of Knoxville posted a tweet stating “Mass is Not the worship of Jesus.”  His tweet was in response to a supporter of the traditional Latin Mass who cited a … Read more