Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Isaiah 55:6-9 Philippians 1:20C-24, 27A Matthew 14:22-33   Many of our separated brothers and sisters will repeat the falsehood that the Church teaches that we are “saved by works,” while some people (including not a few poorly catechized Catholics that I’ve encountered over the years) seem to believe that our works do not matter at all. We are reminded in …

Bishop Stika gives details on Year of Mercy; forgiveness for sin of abortion

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Pope Francis

Bishop Richard F. Stika has clarified, for diocesan parishioners and others, the impact of recent pastoral guidelines on abortion and forgiveness, announced by Pope Francis on Aug. 31 for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy. The Holy Father extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion. He also decreed the full validity, during the year, of …

Ash Wednesday At the Field Hospital

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Today in our parishes around the Diocese of Knoxville and the world, after the homily is given, all kinds of people will approach the altar. If years’ past are any indication, there will be people at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today that we do not see any other day of the year. At my own parish, the Mass …

Pope Francis Again Shows Us the Way

David Oatney Pope Francis

Both Catholic and secular media are absolutely rife with the reports that Pope Francis “broke with tradition” last week and went to confession himself in a way that the attendees at the penance service could clearly see that he was going to confession. Everyone seems to be utterly agog at the idea that the Holy Father would go to confession …