Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

  Genesis 2:18-24 Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 Those people who take the time to read the daily readings may know that in the daily Gospels in recent weeks we have heard quite a few things from Jesus, either in the form of Parables or in the form of direct words, that we might call “hard sayings,” or those things which …

The Poor of the World Stand Up for Christian Morality

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

The Catholic blogosphere certainly has not missed the headlines from this past week that the Primates of the Anglican Communion have censured the Episcopal Church in the United States for a period of three years because the Episcopal Church here has sanctioned and blessed “same-sex marriage,” even incorporating it into the marriage rites of that ecclesial community. In a very …

Let No Man Put Asunder

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

This past weekend (February 6/7/8), those of us in formation for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville had perhaps the most important weekend of class that we have yet had, or may have, for it was this weekend that representatives of the Marriage Tribunal of Nashville and Knoxville came to instruct us in how to serve properly as …

Pope Francis defends the family as God intended it

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

While visiting Sri Lanka and the Philippines recently, Pope Francis turned more than a few heads by explaining in detail, and some three times in four days, just how right Blessed Pope Paul VI had been when he wrote Humanae Vitae. He issued what can only be described as some of the harshest criticism of abortion and contraception of his pontificate …

Pope presides over wedding of 20 couples at St. Peter’s Basilica

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Marriage, Marriage Enrichment, News

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY – Presiding over the wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated marriage as the union of a man and woman playing complementary roles during their common journey through life.“This is what marriage is all about: man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more …

St. Stephen Church hosts program on God’s gift of sexuality

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Youth Ministry

Some Chattanooga Deanery families have taken advantage of a program aimed at preparing and empowering parents, the primary educators of their children, and church leaders to evangelize about the truth and meaning of God’s gift of sexuality. St. Stephen Catholic Church in Chattanooga hosted a unique chastity program Feb. 7-8 that was presented by Family Honor Inc. called Real Love …

Matrimony and Other Vocations

David Oatney Vocations

In the previous post at Life At 25, I discussed the importance of approaching marriage with a sacramental and vocational mentality, because the sacrament of Matrimony is a vocation in much the same way that the diaconate, priesthood, and religious life are vocations, callings that ultimately come from the Holy Spirit, and I pointed out that the Diocese of Knoxville’s Office …

The Rock of True Love

David Oatney Catechism, Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

Today, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day, no longer celebrated as a feast of the Universal Church, but it still remains a day known as the patronal feast for lovers, even if the secular world doesn’t usually understand that what they are celebrating is really an old Catholic feast day. Today should be a reminder, however, of the Lord’s blessing on …

Looking Honestly At the Marriage Question and the Culture

David Oatney Catechism, Vocations

A recent blog post that I happened to read by the evangelical Protestant writer and speaker David Murrow at the weblog that he co-writes called A Few Grown Men wondered if so-called “gay marriage” would eventually accelerate the trend in the secular culture toward what some people call “open marriage,” in other words, marriages of convenience where the husband and wife …

This Is A Great Sacrament

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Year of Faith

As we discussed on Saturday in this space, the U.S. Bishops have rightly expressed their dismay and frustration at the United States Supreme Court rulings last week that will almost certainly pave the way for recognition of so-called “gay marriage” in every State in the Union either in the short or the long term. Monsignor Charles Pope of the Archdiocese …

Civil Law vs. Holy Sacrament

David Oatney Catechism, Prayer, Vocations

By now, much of the world knows about the United States Supreme Court decisions Wednesday which repealed the most important and effective part of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA), and which upheld by means of remand a lower court ruling which said that California’s Proposition 8, a ballot measure which amended that State’s constitution to define marriage as being …

Cardinal Rigali presides at St. Mary marriage-celebration Mass

Dan McWilliams Marriage, News

Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrated the first of three diocesan Masses and Celebrations of the Sacrament of Marriage on Jan. 26 at St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge. Some 60 couples renewed their wedding vows before the cardinal in the annual event. The marriage Masses are bilingual, and Cardinal Rigali addressed some of his remarks in Spanish. In a reception at …