Man to Ask Dolan to Help Defrock Priest

By Sharif Durhams
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 14, 2008

A Massachusetts man who says a priest sexually abused him 22 years ago in Franklin will call on the Vatican to defrock the priest in a protest today.

Bill Nash, 41, said he hopes to deliver a letter to Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan this afternoon, petitioning to the Vatican to defrock Father James Tully. Nash and members of a support group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and a reform group called Voice of the Faithful plan to hold up pictures of Nash this afternoon at the Cousins Center in Milwaukee.

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

Tully said Masses and assisted with pastoral ministries 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 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 $75,000 settlement from the Xaverians in 2005.



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