Public Catholic: Archbishop Coakley's statement on Oklahoma's botched execution

This statement was issued by my religious leader, Archbishop Paul Coakley, regarding yesterday’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett.


National Catholic Reporter: After botched execution, OK archbishop denounces death penalty

The execution of Clayton Lockett did not go off without a hitch Tuesday night. ...

In a statement Wednesday, Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley offered prayers for the girl’s family, for Lockett, and for all involved.

Read more... Religious leader asks Oklahoma to consider moratorium on state-sponsored executions

A Roman Catholic leader in Oklahoma is asking state officials to consider a moratorium on state-sponsored executions in the aftermath of Tuesday’s botched lethal injection of convicted killer Clayton Derrell Lockett.


Oklahoma Observer: Oklahoma's Execution De-Botch-Ery

The execution of Clayton Lockett Tuesday night has reaped calls for an independent investigation of Oklahoma execution protocols. The White House has issued a statement saying the execution “fell short of humane standards.” ...

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Oklahoma City, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, called for a moratorium on the death penalty in Oklahoma, if not an outright end to the practice.

Read more... Weatherford native takes part in canonization Mass at the Vatican

ROME — A Weatherford native preparing to enter the Roman Catholic priesthood participated in the historic canonization Mass for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

Read more... Oklahoman is among faithful in Rome for canonizations

ROME — Getting to attend Sunday’s historic canonization ceremony for popes John Paul II and John XXIII is an answer to prayer, an Oklahoma City woman said.


Oklahoma Catholics Speak Up for the Most Vulnerable



Catholic Advocacy Day, March 25.

OKLAHOMA CITY — A recent “Catholic Advocacy Day” gave laity in Oklahoma the opportunity to participate in the legislative process and to be “a voice for the voiceless,” a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City says.

“The Gospel … does have implications for the here and now, and we are called to live out our faith by advocating for the least of these, advocating for the most vulnerable,” said Tina Dzurisin, communications director for the archdiocese, in an April 1 interview.

Each year, Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City gives voters across the state the chance to meet with lawmakers and to discuss proposed legislation dealing with the poor and vulnerable.

Read more: Catholic alliance honors longtime Oklahoma educator

From Sister Catherine “Kay” Powers, former superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, was recognized recently by the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame.

Powers received the prestigious University of Notre Dame Sorin Award for Service to Catholic Schools on Tuesday during a special ceremony at Sacred Heart Catholic School in south Oklahoma City.


Ritchie Named Big 12 Player of the Week

Bishop McGuinness alum gets named Big 12 player of the week for second time.

NORMAN, Okla. — For the second time in her career, senior Whitney Ritchie was named the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, announced by the conference office Tuesday.

Ritchie went undefeated in singles and doubles play over the weekend. In singles, Ritchie battled back, at the No. 1 spot, after a 3-6 loss in the first set to upset No. 56 Petra Niedermayerova 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8), to give Kansas State their first conference loss. Ritchie and doubles partner Mia Lancaster had the doubles victory that clinched the point against Kansas State and gave them their 30th career win as a doubles team.

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