Nationwide Service to Report Sexual Misconduct Involving U.S. Bishops Launched

Jim Wogan News

In June 2019, at the direction of Pope Francis, metropolitan archbishops in the United States approved the implementation of a plan which will now allow for the reporting of allegations of sexual harassment, abuse, or misconduct by bishops through an independent, third-party entity.  Victims will now be able to report claims specifically against bishops through the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting …

Special statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on Mass dispensation; Masses available to view on websites

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued this special updated statement on Mass dispensation due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic: “After prayerful consideration and reflection on what is occurring in our nation and in particular in East Tennessee, all Catholics within the Diocese of Knoxville are dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the next three weekends (March …

Declaración pastoral del obispo Stika sobre el coronavirus

Jim Wogan News

El Evangelio de Mateo (14: 26-33) nos enseña que la fe en Cristo, incluso cuando las cosas parecen imposibles o sin esperanza, puede conducir a una confianza más profunda. Fue la falta de fe de Pedro lo que le impidió caminar sobre el agua, y fue Jesús quien lo rescató. Sin lugar a dudas, debido al coronavirus, estamos viviendo circunstancias …

Chattanooga CCETN dinner postponed

Emily Booker News

In light of the rapidly unfolding events and uncertainty concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Catholic Charities of East Tennessee feels it is prudent to postpone tonight’s (March 12), CCETN benefit dinner in Chattanooga. We are making this decision based on the love and concern for all of our supporters who were planning to attend tonight’s event. Catholic Charities of East …

Bishop issues directive as precaution against COVID-19

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, Health, News

After closely monitoring recent developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued a directive to all pastors, priests, and deacons that they institute the following precautions at Mass celebrations in the Diocese of Knoxville. The directive includes suspending the distribution of the consecrated wine, knowing that one receives the fullness of Communion of Jesus Christ in …

Diocese to support Middle Tennessee tornado victims

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has requested that parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville take up two special collections to benefit the victims of the Middle Tennessee tornadoes that struck on March 3. Those interested can also contribute online.  “Our parishioners have always responded generously and come to the assistance of victims of natural disasters, whether it is in …

Tennessee bishops issue letter to Gov. Lee on scheduled execution

Emily Booker News

Bishops Richard F. Stika of Knoxville, J. Mark Spalding of Nashville, and David P. Talley of Memphis have issued a letter to Tennessee governor Bill Lee urging him to stop the execution of Nick Sutton, who is scheduled to die in the electric chair on Feb. 20: Dear Governor Lee, We, the bishops of the three Catholic dioceses of Tennessee, …

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

Jim Wogan News

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 …

Hundreds ‘give Catholic’ on Giving Tuesday

Emily Booker News, Stewardship

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

Jim Wogan News

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

Emily Booker Catholic Church, News

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 …