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Vatican commission approves martyrdom in the Cause for Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother

Congregation vote critical step in Father Rother's path to sainthood

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 25, 2015) – A special Theological Commission at the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome voted Tuesday to formally recognize Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The determination of martyrdom is a critical step in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s Cause to have Father Rother beatified, the final stage before canonization as a saint.


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Archbishop Coakley Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Oklahoma Death Penalty Case

“Even as we seek justice for these grave wrongs and render compassion for those who have endured great loss, our faith impels us to call for the building up of a culture of life where every human life is valued.

The use of the death penalty, in any form, diminishes us all.

When available, we should choose non-lethal ways to ensure justice and to protect society. I pray for the day that Oklahoma and other states will abolish capital punishment.”


-- Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

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Archbishop Coakley Statement on Supreme Court Ruling for Same-Sex Marriage

“Today is a moment of historic consequence for our nation. The Supreme Court has made a tragic error. This decision will have devastating consequences, especially for children today and for generations to come. No matter the court’s ruling, it cannot change
what marriage really is. Marriage by its nature remains the union of one man and one woman. Marriage is a natural institution that predates and precedes governments and government regulation.

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Archbishop Coakley shares his story of faithPodcast
by Archbishop Paul Coakley
Archbishop Paul Coakley was raised in a Catholic family. But when he went to college, his life soon went adrift. Last month, our archbishop spoke at a conference in Minnesota, where he told the very personal and compelling story of how the Lord gradually led him back. (It may take a few minutes to load.)
Date: 11/5/14
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Summer, leisure and the Lord’s Day

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

In the Gospel, Jesus invites us to “Come away … and rest awhile” (Mk.6:31). This is a timely summertime theme since now is the time that many of us acknowledge our need for rest, and look forward to a change of pace in our busy lives.

 Whatever the rhythms of our lives, from time-to-time we need to refresh ourselves. We need time away from our ordinary work and daily concerns to restore our energies, to enjoy the natural beauties of creation, to spend time with family and friends, to remember our Creator. The rhythm of a regular “Sabbath” rest is very much a part of God’s plan for our well-being: “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mk.2:27).

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Verano, ocio y el Día del Señor

Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

 En el Evangelio, Jesús nos invita a “Vengan… para descansar un poco.” (Mc. 6: 31). Este es un tema oportuno para el verano ya que ahora es el momento en que muchos de nosotros reconocemos nuestra necesidad de descanso, y esperamos un cambio en el ritmo en nuestras vidas tan ocupadas.

 Sea cual sea el ritmo de nuestras vidas, de vez en cuando tenemos que reanimarnos y revitalizarnos. Necesitamos tiempo lejos de nuestro trabajo ordinario y las preocupaciones diarias para restaurar nuestras energías, para disfrutar de las bellezas naturales de la creación, para pasar tiempo con la familia y amigos, para recordar a nuestro Creador. El ritmo de un descanso "sabatino" regular es una parte muy importante del plan de Dios para nuestro bienestar: "El sábado ha sido hecho para el hombre, y no el hombre para el sábado" (Mc. 2: 27).

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