Bishop Stika statement on DACA ruling

Jim Wogan News

I was pleased to see the U.S. Supreme Court make a ruling this week which protected, for now, the status of young immigrants who are living, learning, and working in this country under the program we know as DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  This program has given families who have been living with uncertainty, an opportunity for peace of mind, …

Bishop authorizes new Spanish and Latin Masses for Basilica

Bill Brewer News

Bishop Richard F. Stika, working with Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul rector Father David Carter, has authorized the addition of a Traditional Latin Mass to the Basilica’s regular Sunday Mass schedule on a weekly basis. This Extraordinary Form Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. each Sunday. A monthly Latin Mass was introduced at the Basilica five years ago. …

Diocese aims for Pentecost weekend to resume public Masses

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has expressed his desire to resume public Masses at all of the parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Knoxville the weekend of Pentecost Sunday, May 30-31.  “I understand how much our parishioners want to return to their churches, see their priests, and once again have a personal connection with the sacraments.  However, there are …

Diocese of Knoxville Chancery closed effective March 24

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika said that the Diocese of Knoxville Chancery offices will be closed to the public, effective March 24, after continuing concerns over the potential spread of the coronavirus. Bishop Stika announced his decision Monday night. While the Chancery is closed to the public, it is not suspending operations. Some diocesan employees may continue to work on-site should …

Diocese closes Catholic schools through April 13, institutes in-home learning

Jim Wogan News

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health department officials, and in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Diocese of Knoxville has closed all 10 of its Catholic schools through April 13, and will institute at-home learning for students. Due to staggered spring break schedules, at-home learning will begin for Chattanooga area Catholic schools on …

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 …

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 …

Diocese of Knoxville statement on lawsuit

Jim Wogan Safe Environment

As an act of pastoral outreach and without admitting wrongdoing, the Diocese of Knoxville has agreed to a request by Mr. Michael Boyd for a financial settlement of the lawsuit he filed against the diocese in July 2019. The diocese has throughout denied the validity of the claim. However, the diocese also recognizes that further pursuing this matter through the …

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. …

Cardinal Rigali reflects on life of Cardinal William Levada

Jim Wogan News

Cardinal William J. Lavada, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and a friend of the Diocese of Knoxville died in Rome on Sept. 26. He was 83. Cardinal Levada served as archbishop of Portland, Ore. and archbishop of San Francisco prior to his appointment as the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith …

Homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

1 Kings 17:10-16 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 Holy Mother Church teaches us traditionally that there are seven precepts (or commands) of the Church, six of these are listed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2041-2043 (five chronologically, the other immediately following), and the other one, not listed in the present Catechism directly but alluded to in other parts of …