Bishops issue joint statement on Tennessee ‘Heartbeat Bill’

Emily Booker News

The following joint statement was issued by Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville, Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Memphis on Feb. 26, 2019: We believe that the sanctity of human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception to …

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 …

Catholic bishops of Knoxville and Nashville react to Billy Ray Irick execution

Jim Wogan News

Billy Ray Irick, 59, was executed at 7:48 p.m. local time on Thursday in Nashville for the brutal rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in Knox Co., Tenn. in 1985. Irick had been on death row for more than 30 years. Following the execution by lethal injection, the Catholic bishops of Knoxville and Nashville issued a statement: We, as …

Tennessee’s Bishops to Gov. Haslam: Please Halt the Executions!

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has joined Tennessee’s two other Catholic bishops in urging Gov. Bill Haslam to stop the upcoming scheduled executions of at least three men in the state prison system. In a letter to Gov. Haslam, Bishop Stika, Bishop Martin D. Holley of Memphis, and Bishop J. Mark Spalding of Nashville have urged the governor “to use your …