Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Knoxville Bishop Rick Stika| National Catholic Register

Bishop Stika, 65, was investigated by the Vatican for mismanagement of his diocese.

Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of the embattled Bishop Rick Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Bishop Stika, 65, was investigated by the Vatican for mismanagement of his diocese. He is also named in a 2022 lawsuit accusing him of protecting a seminarian accused of multiple counts of rape against a parish organist.

The lawsuit also claims Bishop Stika attempted to intimidate the alleged victim into keeping quiet about the alleged sexual assault by Wojciech Sobczuk, and of  having accused the alleged victim of being the perpetrator.

Pope Francis named Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre of Louisville, Kentucky as the Diocese of Knoxville’s apostolic administrator until a new bishop is appointed.

This story is developing.

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