Bishop Stika statement on Archbishop McCarrick

Jim Wogan News

A statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, who recently resigned from the College of Cardinals following sexual abuse allegations: Like many of you, I have struggled in recent weeks with my personal reaction to reports that Archbishop Theodore McCarrick sexually abused individuals during his years as a priest and bishop. I also recognize the anger …

Father Randy Stice appointed to position with USCCB

Jim Wogan News

Father Randy Stice, director of the Office of Worship and Liturgy for the Diocese of Knoxville since 2009, has been appointed associate director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, effective July 1, 2017. The Secretariat of Divine Worship carries out work for the USCCB in areas relating to the preparation and approval of …

USCCB approves canonization cause for Father Ryan

Jim Wogan News

The U.S. bishops gathered at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore, have approved by a voice vote the canonical consultation of four causes for beatification and canonization, including the cause for Servant of God Father Patrick Ryan, a diocesan priest who served in Chattanooga in the late 1800’s.   Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville made …

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 …

The Future of the Diaconate

David Oatney Vocations

A story from yesterday’s National Catholic Register said that many of our nation’s bishops are extremely pleased with the progress of the permanent diaconate in the United States. The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate has been able to glean that there are around 18,000 permanent deacons serving in the United States, and that is based on the dioceses …

Leaving the Clergy To Do It

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Year of Faith

Tonight begins the second annual (and I suspect that it will be annual) Fortnight for Freedom, the observance by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designed to call attention to threats to religious liberty in our country, everything from the abominable Health and Human Services Department mandate that will force Catholic institutions from schools to hospitals to social service …

USCCB officials author booklet

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Leadership

WASHINGTON (CNS)—A new booklet on “The Blessing of the Child in the Womb” co-authored by the vice president and associate general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is now available from Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. “The Gift of Joy,” by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, a priest of the Archdiocese of …

First Things First

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Year of Faith

Earlier this week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan called upon his brother bishops to lead our Church to a renewed sense of repentance. His suggestion was that though there are many issues facing the Church in the United States today, we should focus on first things first. My brother bishops,  Yes, we have “a lot on our plate” as we commence our …

The Council At 50: All Are Missionaries

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Bishop Gerald Kicanas comments on Vatican II’s call to mission in the Church.  Fifty years ago, the Second Vatican Council issued Ad Gentes Divinitus (Divinely Sent to the Nations). This “Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity” remains relevant today.  In it the Council Fathers made clear that are all “missionaries.” When most of us think of “missionaries,” we picture priests, sisters and brothers …

The Council at 50: A New Way of Working for Bishops: Consultation

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Bishop Howard Hubbard reflects upon consultation as the USCCB continues its blog series on the Second Vatican Council. As bishops from around the world gather in Rome for the XIII ordinary Synod of Bishops, they can thank the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council for making the opportunity possible. The Synod of Bishops, established by Pope Paul VI prior to the conclusion …

The Council At 50: Vatican II’s Word on the Word of God

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Bishop Anthony Taylor reflects upon Dei Verbum as the USCCB continues its blog series on the Second Vatican Council. All documents are not created equal.  Of the 16 produced by the Second Vatican Council, only two got top-tier religious ranking: Dogmatic Constitution. Those two are Lumen Gentium (On the Church) and Dei Verbum (On the Word of God). In Dei Verbum (DV), the Council Fathers responded to common misunderstandings …

The Council At 50: The Search for Christian Unity

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

This article is the second in a series of posts on the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. You can read more posts here. When I was a boy, Catholics did not enter Protestant or Orthodox churches. We did not pray together except for an occasional prayer before a public event. …