Bishops speak out against execution

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville, Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of the Archdiocese of Louisville, who is currently serving as the apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Memphis, today issued this joint statement on the scheduled execution of David Earl Miller by the state of Tennessee: For …

Funeral Mass held for Monsignor George Schmidt

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville

Monsignor George E. Schmidt Jr., who died Dec. 29 after a lengthy illness, was laid to rest Jan. 4 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chattanooga following a funeral Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika and concelebrated by more than 30 fellow priests. Monsignor Schmidt, who was 72, was pastor emeritus of the …

USCCB asks president for exemption from fines over ACA compliance

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asked President Barack Obama to exempt religious institutions from fines related to health insurance requirements while legal challenges work their way through the courts. “The administration’s flexibility in implementing the (Affordable Care Act) has not yet reached those who want only to exercise what has …

Area lawyers commission portrait of Archbishop Kurtz

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Members of the legal profession who made contributions toward the cost of a portrait of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz met the artist Aug. 14 during a showing of the artwork. Brad Coriell painted a portrait of the archbishop that now hangs in the Blessed John Paul II Room at the Chancery. Mr. Coriell is an award-winning artist who has earned …

USCCB officials author booklet

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Leadership

WASHINGTON (CNS)—A new booklet on “The Blessing of the Child in the Womb” co-authored by the vice president and associate general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is now available from Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. “The Gift of Joy,” by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, a priest of the Archdiocese of …

Archbishop Kurtz among U.S. religious leaders signing MLK jail letter response

Al Forsythe Catholic Church, Media, News

WASHINGTON—Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. took a group of white Alabama clergymen to task for suggesting he find ways, other than demonstrations and protests, to seek racial equality. The civil rights leader did not mince words telling the group that included Protestant pastors, a rabbi and a Catholic bishop—Auxiliary Bishop Joseph A. Durick of what was …