“Fr. Jacek’s Dog Is Kinda Racist.”

Catholic bishop says accusations of racism against Collierville priest are unfounded

After an investigation, the Catholic Diocese of Memphis says “claims of racial bias and discrimination are unfounded” regarding allegations by two women that a Collierville priest discriminated against one of them by rejecting her as a house cleaner on the basis of race. Friday, the Catholic Diocese released its conclusion of the investigation regarding the incident in which Emily Weaver, a white woman who had cleaned the Rev. Jacek Kowal’s home, took LaShundra Allen, who is black, to the church and asked to enter the rectory to train Allen as her replacement. There, the women were told by church staff, "I’m sorry, we are not trying to be rude, but the dog doesn’t like black people," according to a letter from the women’s attorney. The statement from Bishop David Talley came in an email to area Catholics. It described the parish staff as having said, “Fr. Jacek’s dog is kinda racist. Source