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Morning Masses offered at cathedral

Morning Masses will be offered at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville while parish priests are on a diocesan retreat this week. Father Brent Shelton, pastor of St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge, will celebrate Mass on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 a.m. His Eminence, Cardinal Justin Rigali, will celebrate Masses at 6:30 a.m. and ...

Bishops issue statement on scheduled Zagorski execution

The following statement was issued by Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville and Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville at 5 p.m ET on Oct. 10, 2018: Note: According to a report in the Nashville Tennessean newspaper, a federal appeals court on Wednesday night has granted a request to delay Zagorski’s execution. We, the bishops ...

Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Genesis 2:18-24 Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 Those people who take the time to read the daily readings may know that in the daily Gospels in recent weeks we have heard quite a few things from Jesus, either in the form of Parables or in the form of direct words, that we might call “hard sayings,” or those things which ...

Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Joshua 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B Ephesians 5:21:32 John 6:60-69 Today the Church reminds us in the readings before us that our faith is counter-cultural, that following Jesus Christ requires us to have faith in what we cannot see or easily discern, and that we face a choice. We can follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, or the gods of ...

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 ...