Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Man seeks defrocking of ex-Wisconsin priest

From Regional News Briefs in the July 15, 2008 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Massachusetts man who says a priest sexually abused him 22 years ago in Franklin is calling on the Vatican to defrock the priest.

Bill Nash, 41, said he hoped to deliver a letter to Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Monday, petitioning the Vatican to defrock Father James Tully.

Nash made a similar appeal to the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., in June, according to news reports.

(See Ashfield Man Pushes for Laicization of Xavarian Priest, by Father Bill Pomerleau, reposted at Bishop Accountability, June 25, 2008)
Tully worked at a number of Milwaukee nursing homes and at area parishes in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge in 1992 related to other complaints of abuse. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says Tully is living in Vicenza, Italy, with a religious order known as the Xaverian Missionary Fathers.

Nash said he was studying to be a priest when he was abused in 1986. He said he received a $75,000 settlement from the Xaverians in 2005.

Why Franklin? Presumably because that's the site of the order's Community at Xavier Knoll.


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