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Diocesan Tribunal of Knoxville becomes a reality

New ministry based in Chattanooga to handle annulment requests, other canon law cases By Bill Brewer The Diocese of Knoxville now has a fully functioning tribunal, a canon law ministry that will decide annulment cases and other legal matters that are within the specific purview of the Catholic Church and …

Vandal’s attack on crucifixes unites basilica, N.C. parish

Desecration of sacred objects prompts faith communities to help St. Joseph’s By Bill Brewer One vandal’s act of desecration has created fellowship between the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga and St. Joseph’s Parish in Bryson City, N.C., that is a testament to the teachings of Jesus. And …

Diocese of Knoxville seeks state permission to exhume Father Ryan remains

Lawsuit would clarify state law on disinterment for the cause of sainthood By Daniel Jackson / Courthouse News Service Faced with no clear statutory procedure in Tennessee to exhume the body of a priest it hopes to canonize, the Catholic Church has asked a court in Chattanooga to cut through …

The Melchizetrek: Keeping it real

God is present everywhere as priests, young men brave the elements to discern a vocation Story by Bill Brewer Photography courtesy of Father David Carter and Father Michael Hendershott When young men are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, priests pray for the intercession of the Holy Spirit to give …

Diocesan marriage tribunal to be established by July 2020

In a decree dated April 10, Bishop Richard F. Stika announced his intent to establish a marriage tribunal for the Diocese of Knoxville by July 2020. Bishop Stika has said the diocese is now large enough to handle its own marriage cases and should form its own tribunal to review …

Basilica still stands as a community beacon after 125 years

Sts. Peter and Paul marks historical milestone as it looks forward to a bright future By Dan McWilliams There was much to celebrate at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 28. The basilica community gathered for Mass with Bishop Richard F. Stika to mark not only the …

EWTN’s Jim and Joy Pinto lead diocesan RCIA Summer Conference

EWTN radio personalities Jim and Joy Pinto led the Diocese of Knoxville’s annual RCIA Summer Conference June 21 with discussions on bolstering the domestic Church and the family. About 50 people attended the conference at Holy Trinity Church in Jefferson City. Joining the Pintos in delivering a keynote address was …

Basilica, Sevier churches, Catholic Charities see assignment changes

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced several assignment changes for the Diocese of Knoxville in Chattanooga and Knoxville. Due to health concerns with Monsignor George Schmidt, pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga since 1986, Bishop Stika has appointed Father David Carter parochial administrator of the …