Clericalism and Laicism

David Oatney Priesthood, Vocations

Since the beginning of his pontificate, we have seen and heard Pope Francis denounce the evils of clericalism, or the idea that because clergy are part of the clerical state that they ought to be entitled to an exaggerated deference to which their flocks, as fellow Christians, would not be entitled. At its worst, clericalism can lead to a separation …

The Order of Servitude

David Oatney Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

Our beloved Bishop Richard Stika has rightly stated on Twitter regarding his feelings after yesterday’s ordination of four new transitional deacons and the state of the new clergy in the Diocese of Knoxville: Welcome Deacons Colin Blatchford, Tony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane. What a blessing to welcome you as a brother deacon! His Excellency is quite correct that …