Making Connections

The moral responsibility to be vaccinated

August 11, 2021

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Our world has faced a health crisis for more than a year now, unprecedented in modern times. More than 4.3 million people have died from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, and we have seen a resurgence in cases in our diocese this summer. We are all feeling fatigue and anxiety, especially…

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Careful implementation of Traditionis custodes is essential

July 21, 2021

On July 16, 2021, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, issued an apostolic letter “motu proprio” entitled “Traditionis custodes.” This document alters church law on the use of liturgical books from before the reforms that followed the Second Vatican Council (1962–65). Under previous legislation, any priest of the Roman Rite was permitted to use the pre-conciliar…

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It’s not just about the sacrament; it’s about communion

June 24, 2021

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight It’s not just about the Sacrament of Holy Communion; it’s about the communion of the Church. There’s been much interest in whether the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) intends to restrict some politicians from receiving Holy Communion, based upon our Church’s pro-life teachings. Church (canon) law, however, states…

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Bishop W. Shawn McKnight statement in response to verdict in Derek Chauvin murder trial

April 20, 2021

In response to the verdict of guilty in the ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin trial for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has issued the following statement: While the trial of Derek Chauvin has finished and our justice system moves forward, we must still face the reality that we…

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Vaccines should be received, for the common good

March 4, 2021

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has issued the following statement: Recent statements from some bishops of the Catholic Church and subsequent news stories on these statements have caused public confusion regarding the moral implications of Catholics using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. I affirm what the Holy See, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Missouri…

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Statement for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18, 2021

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Today we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Christian who sacrificed his life in enabling our country to come to a “more perfect union.” His words are perhaps more urgent today, as we struggle with what we can do to heal the terrible divisions and to cease…

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Closing benediction

January 11, 2021

Inauguration Ceremony of Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and Attorney General Eric Schmidt By Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, STD, DD, Bishop of Jefferson City 11 January 2021 Let us pray. O God and Lord of history, in gratitude we turn to you in…

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Bishop McKnight welcomes new church law

January 11, 2021

Modification of canon law recognizes women’s formal roles as lectors and acolytes JEFFERSON CITY – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight will be implementing a modification of canon law, announced by Pope Francis today, as soon as possible. The new law allows a formal role for women during Mass, as lectors and acolytes (servers). “I am thrilled…

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The times that try our souls

September 27, 2020

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight During an historic pandemic, our country faces one of the most contentious presidential election campaigns in recent memory. Some of our fellow Americans may be wondering if they are living in the apocalypse, with fire, drought, hurricanes, flooding, riots and other stresses added to the mix.  Just where is our…

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A path forward: A discernment process for ten counties

August 21, 2020

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another (Romans 12:4-5) This past year we began the process to develop a diocesan pastoral plan based…

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