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An Apology and a Q&A on Lord of the World

by David Oatney on September 17, 2014

mailbagFirst of all, I want to apologize to our readers who have been leaving good comments. I have been receiving them, but for some reason that I am as yet unsure of, they are not appearing on Life At 25. Please keep sending them, because I know that Scott Maentz, who does a great deal of our web work here in the Diocese of Knoxville, has looked into this and will continue doing so as time allows him. There also may be some changes-likely positive changes-in store for this blog soon. I see your comments and I will respond to them. One area where I have fallen short is checking our WordPress Life At 25 feedback section, however. I just had occasion to look in there today and I noticed that there were several questions worth answering here in this space, and I’ll start with one of them today that is a little less catechetical, and it is actually from a priest in South Carolina who was kind enough to share his name, and he asked a question not about the faith, a topic that we can all be certain that he knows quite well, but about a turn-of-the-20th Century Catholic apocalyptic novel written about here in this space over the summer, Lord of the World. Father Phillip Gillespie of Blessed Trinity Parish in Greer, South Carolina writes: [click to continue reading…]

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Q & A: Donating Your Body To Science

by David Oatney on September 12, 2014

Bass-ProfileSkullOur latest Catholic Q&A question comes from a long-time reader today via her children, who have asked a serious question about Church teaching as it relates to the treatment of the bodies of persons who have left this earthly life. The question, however, came from a uniquely East Tennessee perspective:

Is it okay for a Catholic to donate their body to the UT Body Farm, presuming that once Dr. Bass is done with it, whatever remains will be returned to the family?

If you aren’t from East Tennessee or you just don’t know, Dr. William M. Bass is the founder of that institution known locally as “the Body Farm,” a place where the bodies of people who have donated their remains, once they have passed this mortal coil, for the purposes of scientific research are kept and are researched upon in various ways. Father Christian Mathis, the co-writer of this blog and author of Blessed Is the Kingdom, along with Knoxville radio personality and reporter Frank Murphy recorded a couple of podcasts with Dr. Bass that are well worth listening to. Answering this question first requires asking another question: [click to continue reading…]

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JubileeLogo_DioKnox_25th1-266x300Yesterday, on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Diocese of Knoxville officially passed its 26th birthday. That means that we are nearing the official end of our diocesan jubilee celebration, and it also means that we again have an opportunity to reflect on the goodness of God toward our Diocese of Knoxville and the people of East Tennessee. We continue to give thanks to the Lord for the blessings that he has bestowed on our diocese and continues to bestow on us. These blessings come in the form of priests being ordained, parishes being dedicated, a plan to build a new cathedral for the diocese, candidates for the diaconate in formation, and many other things. On Saturday, we’ll celebrate our diocesan homecoming on the grounds of Knoxville Catholic High School, and bring this Jubilee Year to its official end with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. [click to continue reading…]

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Q & A: Blessing Objects and Things

by David Oatney September 5, 2014

Our occasional Catholic Q&A series continues with a question about how one might go about getting something blessed from a reader who is a little “gun-shy” about asking to have religious objects blessed. How should I ask a priest to bless my sacramental? A corollary question that our writer seemed to hint at but did […]

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The Gospel According to Osteen

by David Oatney September 4, 2014

The wife of a certain prominent evangelical televangelist made some recent comments about the reason we worship that sheds some unfortunate light on what we might call the popular theology of many within our society with her public interpretation of why we worship and what it is that “makes God happy.” Of course Victoria Osteen’s […]

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Q & A: If I Haven’t Yet Swallowed the Host, Can I Receive the Chalice?

by David Oatney August 23, 2014

Our occasional Catholic Q & A series gets underway with a question from one Life At 25 reader about what might be the proper way to receive Holy Communion under both kinds (both the Body and the Precious Blood of Christ). How is one supposed to get the Host consumed before reaching the chalice? Must […]

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Dioknox Catholic Q&A

by David Oatney August 20, 2014

It is the middle of August and for many of our parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville that means that the formation process for those who are participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults has begun, and it has begun in my own parish. As I wrote last year, people participating in the […]

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Assumed Into Heaven

by David Oatney August 15, 2014

August 15th is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast celebrates a dogma of the faith, something that a person must assent to in order to rightly call themselves a Catholic. Catholics believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed into Heaven, that is to say that she was taken up into […]

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Thoughts of a Lector

by David Oatney August 10, 2014

The men of our diocesan diaconate formation class were formally installed as Lectors by Bishop Stika on Saturday evening at the Vigil Mass at All Saints in West Knoxville on Saturday evening. As was done when we were made Candidates (and will be done again when we are made Acolytes and will later, God willing, […]

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