Catholic World Report: Bishops laud Catholic Relief Services for Philippines aid

New Orleans, La., Jun 14, 2014 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Relief Services' chairman has affirmed the international aid agency's strength and effective representation of the bishops' conference, especially lauding its aid to the Philippines.

“I can confirm that CRS, as the overseas international aid, relief, and development arm of this conference – representing us – is strong and representing us well in the Philippines and around the world,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said June 11 in New Orleans.

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Moore American: Archbishop Coakley ordains three seminarians as deacons

OKLAHOMA CITY — On June 7 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul Coakley ordained three seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to the transitional diaconate, the holy order that immediately precedes priesthood.

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NewsOK.com Monk at St. Gregory's Abbey is ordained as priest

The Rev. Simeon Spitz was ordained to the Catholic priesthood during an ordination ceremony during Mass on May 31 at St. Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee.

From Staff ReportsPublished: June 7, 2014

SHAWNEE — The Rev. Simeon Spitz was ordained to the Catholic priesthood during an ordination ceremony during Mass at St. Gregory’s Abbey.

The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, ordains the Rev. Simeon Spitz to the Roman Catholic priesthood during a May 31 ceremony at St. Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee. Photo by Vincent R. Vitale  

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DFW Catholic- Hundreds of Catholic employers exempted from HHS mandate

From www.dfwcatholic.org-

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jun 5, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal court has ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association and its hundreds of employer members are exempt from a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.

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Hundreds of Catholic employers exempted from HHS mandate

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jun 5, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal court has ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association and its hundreds of employer members are exempt from a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.

“We are grateful for the ruling, but continue to pray that our leaders recognize that Catholics, whether bishops or businessmen, cannot in good conscience provide insurance that covers drugs and procedures that undermine the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of human life,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, the benefit association’s vice-president, said June 5.

“Religious freedom entails more than the right to worship and any contrary legislation must be opposed,” he added.

Insurance news- Oklahoma Federal Court Enjoins Enforcement of HHS Contraceptive Mandate Against Hundreds of Member Employers of the Catholic Benefits Association

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OKLAHOMA CITY, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Late on June 4, the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled that all employer members of the Catholic Benefits Association are exempt from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive/abortifacient mandate ("Mandate").  It also "enjoined and restrained" the relevant federal departments, "their agents, officers, and employees, and all other in active concert or participation with them . . . from any effort to apply or enforce" the Mandate against members of the Catholic Benefits Association.  The Court also specifically ruled that the over 450 CBA employer members and the almost 2,000 Catholic parishes that are CBA members shall not be liable for "any penalties, fines and assessments for noncompliance with" the Mandate.  Archbishop William Lori, President of the Catholic Benefits Association and Archbishop of Baltimore, remarked, "we formed the Catholic Benefits Association to support Catholic employers in providing quality, cost-competitive, morally compliant health care benefits for their employees. Yesterday's decision makes this a reality."  

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Oklahoma City archbishop visits St. Louis, addresses executions

Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley spoke to hundreds of St. Louis Roman Catholics today gathered for the Fifth Annual Archbishop's Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast about the death penalty and other pro-life issues central to the church.

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Mount St. Mary hires Kellen McCoy as new boys basketball coach

Newsok.com- by Scott Wright Published: May 14, 2014

Mount St. Mary plucked its new boys basketball coach from the college ranks, naming Weber State assistant Kellen McCoy to the position on Wednesday.

McCoy is a Norman High graduate who played at Northern Oklahoma College of Tonkawa and Weber State, where the 5-foot-6 point guard was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Year for the 2008-09 season. He was also a teammate of Damian Lillard, now with the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers.

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Catholic Sentinel: Botched execution highlights brutality of the death penalty, Oklahoma bishop says

OKLAHOMA CITY — Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said the botched execution April 29 of an Oklahoma inmate "highlights the brutality of the death penalty" and should bring the nation to "consider whether we should adopt a moratorium on the death penalty or even abolish it altogether."

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CatholicCulture.org: Oklahoma prelate decries death penalty following botched execution

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that the botched execution of a man convicted of raping and murdering a child “really highlights the brutality of the death penalty, and I hope it leads us to consider whether we should adopt a moratorium on the death penalty or even abolish it altogether.”

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