NCRegister.com: Black Mass OK in OKC?

According to Oklahoma City officials, they can’t intercede to stop the Sept. 21 event because doing so would violate the First Amendment rights of the event’s Satanist organizers.

OKLAHOMA CITY — A staffer at the archdiocesan offices in Oklahoma City was surfing the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall website, checking out the city-owned and city-operated facility’s upcoming events: musical after musical, a Shakespeare production, a famous folk music trio, the Black Mass of Oklahoma.

That’s where the surfing stopped, and the situation got serious. The staffer printed out information about the black mass — a devil-worshiping ritual that is an profanation of the Catholic Mass — and shared it with Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley.

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Catholic News Agency: Archbishop calls slated black mass offensive, horrendous

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jul 16, 2014 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop of Oklahoma City Paul Coakley called a black mass scheduled to take place in the city's civic center an “obviously horrendous” act meant to offend much of the state's community.

“There are common standards of decency that civic-minded people uphold that are necessary for constructive public discourse, and this violates all of those standards,” he told CNA July 16. “This is a mockery of one faith, a hostile act toward a significant faith community, the Catholic community.”

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Aleteia.org: Oklahoma Bishop Compares Black Mass to Burning the Koran

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has appealed to “community standards” to cancel a “black mass” that is scheduled for September.

In a renewed
call for the city’s Civic Center Music Hall to cancel the Sept. 21 event, Archbishop Coakley said he was “astonished and grieved that the center would promote as entertainment and sell tickets for an event that is essentially a blasphemous and sacrilegious mockery of the Catholic Mass.”

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KOCO.com: Devil worshiping group to host Black Mass amid push back from Catholic Church Leaders

July 9, 2014L OKLAHOMA CITY —The Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is calling on the Civic Center to rescind permission for a Devil Worshiping group to host a Black Mass in the publicly funded space.

According to Civic Center Spokesperson Jennifer McClintock, the event is scheduled for Sept. 21 in the smallest venue at the historic performing hall. The 92-seat theater is in the basement.

“I’m hoping we sell out,” said Adam Daniels, the leader of the Devil Worshiping group.

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cnsnews.com: Archbishop Condemns Satanic 'Black Mass' at Okla. City Civic Center as ‘Sacrilegious’

(July 3, 2014) By Lauretta Brown

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– Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley, head of the archdiocese of Oklahoma City, condemned a scheduled Black Mass by a satanic group, for which tickets are being sold at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, as “sacrilegious,” a “blasphemous mockery of the Mass.”

The archbishop also called upon community leaders and board members of the Oklahoma City Civic Center to “remedy this situation,” stressing that he hoped they did not want to “enable or encourage such a flagrantly inflammatory event.”

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Newsok.com : What's next? Oklahoma employers cite Hobby Lobby decision in their own lawsuits

July 1, 2014: Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.’s victory this week at the U.S. Supreme Court over contraceptives coverage mandates in the Affordable Care Act could affect several other Oklahoma employers who still have pending lawsuits challenging the mandate.

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.’s victory this week at the U.S. Supreme Court over contraceptives coverage mandates in the Affordable Care Act could affect several other Oklahoma employers who still have pending lawsuits challenging the mandate.

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Edmondsun.com: OKC archbishop decries Civic Center 'Black Mass'

July 1, 2014, OKLA. CITY — Archbishop Paul Coakley has called on Catholics to pray that God might change the minds of the organizers of a “Black Mass” scheduled for later this year in Oklahoma City.

On Tuesday, Coakley expressed his astonishment and disappointment at this event and called on community leaders to reconsider whether it is an appropriate use of public space.

“The ‘Black Mass’ that is scheduled for the Civic Center in September is a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians,” Coakley said.

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Newsok.com: Catholic archbishop decries plans for satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma City

A local group has rented space in the Oklahoma City Civic Center for a satanic Black Mass, prompting Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley to issue a statement questioning whether that is an appropriate use of public space.

“We’re astonished and grieved that the Civic Center would promote as entertainment and sell tickets for an event that is very transparently a blasphemous mockery of the Mass,” said Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. “The ‘Black Mass’ that is scheduled for the Civic Center in September is a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians.”

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Newsok.com: The Five: Quintet being ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Oklahoma represents upward trend

(June 28, 2014 Newsok.com, by Carla Hinton) The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will ordain five seminarians to the Roman Catholic priesthood Saturday, heralding an upswing in priestly ordinations. Archdiocesan leaders said the archdiocese hasn’t ordained that many priests at one time since 1991.

It wasn’t something all of his college fraternity brothers could understand. Christopher Brashears, 33, said his decision to join the Roman Catholic priesthood puzzled some of his buddies at Oklahoma State University when he told them his plans.

“It was a mixed bag, because some of them understood. Other guys said, ‘Why? Why would you want to do that? You won’t have a family. It will be all the time God, God, God,’” Brashears said.

The Weatherford native is one of five men who will be ordained into the priesthood on Saturday at an Archdiocese of Oklahoma City ceremony at Our Lady’s Cathedral.

Local Catholic leaders said excitement surrounding the event has reached new levels because of the number of men embarking on the spiritual journey together.

“The Five,” as they’ve been informally dubbed, represent an upward trend that local Roman Catholic leaders have prayed for.

They are: Brashears, Carson Krittenbrink, Timothy F. Ruckel, Cristobal de Loera and Linh N. Bui.

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Newsok.com: Jam session: Monk makes sweet treat with blackberries

(June 29, 2014 Newsok.com) SHAWNEE — Shortly after sunrise prayer, the Rev. Simeon Spitz trades his monastic habit for a T-shirt, cowboy hat and blue jeans before he slips out the doors of St. Gregory’s Abbey.

Bushes filled with berries — a sea of green speckled with ruby, violet and ebony dots — beckon the Benedictine monk this sunny morn.

By day, Spitz plucks succulent blackberries from the bushes sprawled on abbey grounds.

By night, he transforms the fruit into sweet jam.

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