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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Lumen Fidei

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Pope Francis’ very first encyclical, which is meant to help highlight the Year of Faith which the Church is currently in the midst of celebrating, has been released today. It is called Lumen Fidei, or “the Light of Faith,” after the very first words of the document. This encyclical must certainly be considered unique because it has truly been co-written …

To Celebrate Liberty, We Must Understand That It Comes From God

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

Today is the day when we, as Americans, are supposed to celebrate our freedom and our liberty. It was 237 years ago that the political forefathers of this great country declared independence from Great Britain. There was only one Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll, who was a cousin of the very first Archbishop of Baltimore, John …

This Is A Great Sacrament

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Year of Faith

As we discussed on Saturday in this space, the U.S. Bishops have rightly expressed their dismay and frustration at the United States Supreme Court rulings last week that will almost certainly pave the way for recognition of so-called “gay marriage” in every State in the Union either in the short or the long term. Monsignor Charles Pope of the Archdiocese …

Two Lessons In Humility

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

This priest is Father Erik Richtsteig, a priest of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. I’ve not had the pleasure of a personal meeting with Father Erik, though I’d love to meet him someday. He is pastor at a parish called St. James the Just in Ogden. I was introduced to him and to his exceptional Catholic blogging work by …

Leaving the Clergy To Do It

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Year of Faith

Tonight begins the second annual (and I suspect that it will be annual) Fortnight for Freedom, the observance by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designed to call attention to threats to religious liberty in our country, everything from the abominable Health and Human Services Department mandate that will force Catholic institutions from schools to hospitals to social service …