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El Obispo Stika emite una carta pastoral después del informe de abuso en Pennsylvania

El jueves el Obispo Richard F. Stika emitió una carta pastoral a sacerdotes, diáconos, comunidades religiosas y a los feligreses de la Diócesis de Knoxville. La carta habla del informe del Fiscal General de Pennsylvania sobre los abusos que se cometieron en ese estado y el Obispo la emite después de dos días de lectura detallada del informe. Agosto 16, ...

Bishop Stika issues pastoral letter after Pennsylvania abuse report

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a pastoral letter to priests, pastors, deacons, religious communities, and the parishioners of the Diocese of Knoxville on Thursday.  The letter addresses a report by the Pennsylvania attorney general on abuses that took place in that state and comes after two days of detailed reading of the report by the bishop. Carta pastoral de obispo ...

Catholic bishops of Knoxville and Nashville react to Billy Ray Irick execution

Billy Ray Irick, 59, was executed at 7:48 p.m. local time on Thursday in Nashville for the brutal rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in Knox Co., Tenn. in 1985. Irick had been on death row for more than 30 years. Following the execution by lethal injection, the Catholic bishops of Knoxville and Nashville issued a statement: We, as ...

Bishop Stika statement on Archbishop McCarrick

A statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, who recently resigned from the College of Cardinals following sexual abuse allegations: Like many of you, I have struggled in recent weeks with my personal reaction to reports that Archbishop Theodore McCarrick sexually abused individuals during his years as a priest and bishop. I also recognize the anger ...

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

VATICAN CITY (by CINDY WOODEN- CNS) — Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward its ...

Tennessee’s Bishops to Gov. Haslam: Please Halt the Executions!

Bishop Richard F. Stika has joined Tennessee’s two other Catholic bishops in urging Gov. Bill Haslam to stop the upcoming scheduled executions of at least three men in the state prison system. In a letter to Gov. Haslam, Bishop Stika, Bishop Martin D. Holley of Memphis, and Bishop J. Mark Spalding of Nashville have urged the governor “to use your ...

Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Ezekiel 2:2-5 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6   We have all doubtless heard the old saying that familiarity breeds contempt. Nowhere is this better Illustrated than in today’s Gospel. Jesus returns to Nazareth at this early point in his ministry already having a reputation as a miracle worker. Now there were quite a few people in ancient Palestine who ...

Cardinal Rigali attends installment of new cardinals

Cardinal Justin Rigali, who now resides in the Diocese of Knoxville, fulfilled one of his many faithful duties to the Catholic Church this week by attending a consistory of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican at which Pope Francis officially created 14 new cardinals for the Church. “This is the highest honor that we can receive, the greatest promotion ...

East Tennessee Catholic wins best redesign, best feature writing by Catholic Press Association

The East Tennessee Catholic was recently awarded first place by the Catholic Press Association in two categories: Best Redesign of a Newspaper and Magazine Feature Writing.  In the Feature Writing category, Editor Bill Brewer’s story about the Gatlinburg wildfires won first place. The story appeared in the January 2017 issue of The East Tennessee Catholic Magazine.  Regarding the new format ...

Cardinal Rigali to celebrate morning Mass at cathedral June 5, 6, 7

While our priests are away at convocation this week, many parishes will have communion services in lieu of daily Mass. If you are in the Knoxville area, Cardinal Justin Rigali will be celebrating morning Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Tuesday, June 5; Wednesday, June 6; and Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 a.m. and ...