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Statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on news coverage of the Michael Boyd lawsuit

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued this statement on Friday, Jan. 17: I am disappointed that a recent newspaper story chose to challenge the honesty and integrity of the Diocese of Knoxville by accentuating disputed allegations that have been portrayed as hard facts. When information was presented to us, and personnel decisions were warranted, we took firm and prudent action, which ...

Diocese of Knoxville statement on lawsuit

As an act of pastoral outreach and without admitting wrongdoing, the Diocese of Knoxville has agreed to a request by Mr. Michael Boyd for a financial settlement of the lawsuit he filed against the diocese in July 2019. The diocese has throughout denied the validity of the claim. However, the diocese also recognizes that further pursuing this matter through the ...

Hundreds ‘give Catholic’ on Giving Tuesday

Hundreds of people “gave Catholic” on Giving Tuesday as 22 parishes, schools, and ministries in the Diocese of Knoxville received $62,871 through the online #iGiveCatholic campaign. As part of Giving Tuesday, which was Dec. 3, the #iGiveCatholic campaign was started in the Archdiocese of New Orleans to promote giving to Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries. This is the Diocese of ...

Bishop Stika speaks of unity with Pope Francis during ad limina visit

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As people on pilgrimage often report, what happens along the way can be just as important as what happens at the destination. Every bishop in the world is required regularly to make a visit “ad limina apostolorum” (to the threshold of the apostles) to pray at the tombs of Sts. ...

Bishops on ‘ad limina’ say their unity with pope, each other is clear

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As people on pilgrimage often report, what happens along the way can be just as important as what happens at the destination. Every bishop in the world is required regularly to make a visit “ad limina apostolorum” (to the threshold of the apostles) to pray at the tombs of Sts. ...

From abuse to ‘nones,’ U.S. bishops share concerns with pope

By Cindy Wooden and Junno Arocho Esteves/Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The timing of the U.S. bishops’ “ad limina” visits to the Vatican was a matter of Pope Francis’ schedule and the regular rhythm of his meetings with the world’s bishops. But for Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, it also was “providential.” Because of a papal scheduling ...

Dr. Kennedy honored at Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee dinner

Dr. Dan Kennedy, a longtime educator and a 25-year member of the Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee, was recognized as the newest member of the Society of St. Peter during the foundation’s 2019 annual dinner on Sunday, Nov. 3, in Knoxville. Dr. Kennedy was presented with a blessed icon of St. Peter by Bishop Richard F. Stika who offered his ...

Cardinal Rigali reflects on life of Cardinal William Levada

Cardinal William J. Lavada, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and a friend of the Diocese of Knoxville died in Rome on Sept. 26. He was 83. Cardinal Levada served as archbishop of Portland, Ore. and archbishop of San Francisco prior to his appointment as the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith ...

Bishops issue statement on scheduled state execution

August 15, 2019 We, the bishops of the three dioceses in Tennessee in conjunction with the Catholic Public Policy Commission, clearly state our strong opposition to the state carrying out the death penalty today. Carrying out this execution does not serve the cause of justice and bucks the trend of states across the country moving away from the use of ...

Bishop Stika responds to lawsuit

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a letter to diocesan clergy and staff on Friday, July 19, making them aware of a lawsuit filed on July 18 by Mr. Michael Boyd in Knox County Circuit Court and naming the diocese as a defendant.   The diocese is unable to offer additional comment until new information brought to light in the lawsuit can ...