Hal And the Bishop

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, Priesthood

Bishop Stika was the guest this past week on Hallerin Hilton Hill’s interview program Anything Is Possible this past week. I was most struck when the bishop said that he could not imagine his life as a bishop or a priest without prayer. Hallerin told His Excellency that “your face lights up” at the mention of prayer. I don’t disagree with …

Person of the Year, Gospel of the Lord

David Oatney Pope Francis

Just in case you may have been on some other Catholic planet the last 24 hours or so and you weren’t yet aware of the news, Pope Francis was named Time Magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year on Wednesday. Time  officially said that part of the reason that they chose the Holy Father was because they believe that he has managed, in …

Pope Doesn’t Change Church Teaching, Makes Headlines for ‘Change’

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization

Over the last couple of days, the secular news media is abuzz with what Pope Francis supposedly said about homosexual persons in an unexpected, impromptu in-flight news conference that he held on his way back from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. To see some headlines in the secular press, you would think that what Pope Francis said marks …

Servant of the Servants of God

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Year of Faith

As youth from around the world gather in Rio de Janeiro for next week’s World Youth Day festivities, some in the secular press seem keen to play a highly misleading and greatly erroneous game of “compare the popes” between Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The latest to play this game seems to be the religion section …