Pope Doesn’t Change Church Teaching, Makes Headlines for ‘Change’

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization

Over the last couple of days, the secular news media is abuzz with what Pope Francis supposedly said about homosexual persons in an unexpected, impromptu in-flight news conference that he held on his way back from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. To see some headlines in the secular press, you would think that what Pope Francis said marks …

Heralds of the Good News

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

World Youth Day festivities came to an end in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, but not before millions of young people had the experience of a lifetime, and Pope Francis made his mark on the “Marvelous City” forever. So critical may this World Youth Day of 2013 prove in defining Francis’ pontificate in Church history that even those closest to the …

Ladies of Charity a finalist for YWCA Tribute to Women Award

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

The Knoxville Ladies of Charity have been recognized by the Young Women’s Christian Organization as a finalist for an award at their Tribute to Women celebration scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. The Ladies of Charity are one of 21 finalists honored by the organization in recognition for their work that reflects …

Pope urges youth to play on God’s team and help build up the church

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Youth Ministry

  RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — Pope Francis told young people God might have been trying to communicate something in forcing the World Youth Day vigil’s change of venue from a huge field to a long narrow stretch of sand and sea. Addressing as many as 3 million young — and not-so-young — people on Rio’s Copacabana beach July 27, …

Standing Up for Truth and Human Dignity

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Year of Faith

When the Holy Father arrived in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, the crowds mobbed him. They didn’t do so in anger, they wanted to be close to the Vicar of Christ, to the man who lives simplicity and holiness before them and who is the first pope from the Americas. Those crowds wanted to see the man who said simply “I have …

A fond farewell for Sister Janice

Stephanie Richer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

If the suggestion of retirement is music to your ears, then for Sister Mary Janice Brink, RSM, it will be played by a dulcimer. After 43 years of ministry, Sister Janice is retiring and relocating to the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Nashville. When asked what she planned to do in Nashville, Sister Janice said she looked forward to having …

Word On Fire At the Congress and In the Blogosphere

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization, Priesthood

A big part of the reason that Bishop Richard Stika authorized the creation of Life at 25 was to spread the message of the Diocese of Knoxville’s 25th Anniversary and of the growth of East Tennessee’s Catholic community through the means of the internet and new media. While I am not certain how often His Excellency reads this blog, I …

The Church Is Not a Political Party

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vatican II, Year of Faith

On the eve of next week’s World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, the seeming fascination on the part of much of what we might call the mainstream secular news media with the day-to-day doings of Pope Francis continues without abatement. The Holy Father made the international cover of Time this week, where he has been dubbed “The People’s …

Servant of the Servants of God

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Year of Faith

As youth from around the world gather in Rio de Janeiro for next week’s World Youth Day festivities, some in the secular press seem keen to play a highly misleading and greatly erroneous game of “compare the popes” between Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The latest to play this game seems to be the religion section …

Latino Awards recognizes diocesan leaders

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

The Diocese of Knoxville was well represented in Centro Hispano de East Tennessee’s first Latino Awards, with Hispanic Ministry Director Lourdes Garza, Holy Ghost Church member and volunteer Jose Luis Santiago, and Knoxville businessman and St. John Neumann parishioner Santiago Cuccarese receiving honors for their work in the Hispanic community. Ms. Garza received the Spirit of Inspiration award, given in …

Handmaids of the Precious Blood in residence

Stephanie Richer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The Handmaids of the Precious Blood, a contemplative community that is relocating from New Mexico to the Diocese of Knoxville, continue making progress on their move. Four nuns have established residency in the St. John House at the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton and more than a dozen nuns within the Handmaids of the Precious Blood are …

Fostering An Attitude of Simplicity

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

Pope Francis made some very interesting remarks in recent days to a group of seminarians and consecrated religious novices who were visiting the Vatican as part of their Year of Faith observances, and his words have produced varied reaction from priests and religious around the world. The Holy Father told the assembled seminarians and novices that they should maintain humility …

Scott Hahn, Militant Islam, and Prayer

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Year of Faith

Our Diocese of Knoxville 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress set for September 13th and 14th will feature a line up of speakers that some people, including many outside of the diocese, are calling improbable. We will have two cardinals present and sharing their thoughts, Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, and the “featured speaker” of the weekend, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, …