The rise and fall of Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika
A priest called the East Tennessee bishop’s tenure a ‘yearslong cloud of gaslighting.’ Stika said he did his best.
July 8, 2023 at 6:53 p.m.
| Updated July 8, 2023 at 8:30 p.m.
One June day in 2021, priests of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville convened in a Gatlinburg, Tennessee, hotel conference room. One of them, perceiving tension in the room, raised his hand.