“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.
Marriage is about far more than love shared between adults. Society needs an institution that connects children to their mothers and fathers, and marriage is the only institution that by its nature is able to accomplish this. Children have a basic right, wherever possible, to know and be loved by their mother and father together in a stable union.
The Church will steadfastly defend this right, and continue to affirm the sanctity of marriage as established by God, written into human nature, and recognized as such for millennia. Even as Roe v. Wade did not end the public debate over abortion, this decision will not end the debate over marriage. I encourage prayers for our nation, for families and children, and for those who disagree with us. Now more than ever we have to be vigilant in our defense of religious liberty due to the threats that are sure to ramp up as a result of this decision and its consequences in law and in public opinion.”
- The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop
“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
Archbishop Paul S. CoakleyArchdiocese of Oklahoma CityApril 19, 2015
Lord God, we lift our hearts in prayer and remembrance this beautiful day. We praise you for your faithfulness and love. We are standing on holy ground. This place has been consecrated and made forever sacred by the lives of your children who suffered and died here, and by the countless acts of kindness and service of so many who came to the aid of their neighbors, coworkers, friends and even strangers twenty years ago today.
“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is deeply disappointing. Our faith affirms the central importance of marriage and family life. Marriage is not merely a human institution that can simply be redefined at will, but one established by our Creator and necessary for human flourishing. Children deserve a mother and a father who are committed to a faithful and permanent union. As the Extraordinary Synod on the Family begins this week with Pope Francis meeting with bishops from around the world, we will remain purposeful in our commitment to promoting the well-being of marriage and family life as we pray for God’s continued grace and blessings.”
OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 8, 2014) – A federal lawsuit filed Monday by Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School challenges a rule adopted by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association that unfairly targets private high schools and forces student athletes to compete against teams from schools six times their size.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, challenges Rule 14, which was adopted by the OSSAA in April 2011. The lawsuit contends that Rule 14 violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as well as Oklahoma law.
"From the beginning, we have taken seriously the dark and dangerous spirits being invited into our community. We anticipated this would be a concern for those visiting the Civic Center, and we've received many questions about the safety of the building following the satanic ritual. To address those concerns, we visited the venue the next morning to pray prayers of exorcism over the place and to pray the prayers for cleansing."
OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 20, 2014) -- En una demanda presentada el miércoles en la Corte de Distrito del Condado de Oklahoma, el Arzobispo Pablo Coakley pidió a un juez detener la profanación de una Hostia Eucarística hurtada como parte de una “misa negra” 'satánica proyectada en el Centro Cívico de Oklahoma City.
La hurtada Hostia consagrada, que se obtuvo ilícitamente de una Iglesia Católica, se profanaría "en las formas más viles imaginables", como una ofrenda en sacrificio a satanás. Este ritual satánico específico conocido como “misa negra” pretende ser un ataque deliberado a la Misa Católica, así como a las creencias fundamentales de todos los cristianos con el propósito declarado de burlarse de la Fe Católica.
August 4, 2014The Memorial of St. John Vianney
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
By now you are probably aware that a Satanic group has scheduled a so-called Black Mass for Sunday, September 21 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.
Even though tickets are being sold for this event as if it were merely some sort of dark entertainment, this Satanic ritual is deadly serious. It is a blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass. Using a consecrated Host obtained illicitly from a Catholic church and desecrating it in the vilest ways imaginable, the practitioners offer it in sacrifice to Satan. This terrible sacrilege is a deliberate attack on the Catholic Mass as well as the foundational beliefs of all Christians. It mocks Our Lord Jesus Christ, whom we Catholics believe is truly present under the form of bread and wine in the Holy Eucharist when it has been consecrated by a validly ordained priest.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 5, 2014) – In a letter Monday to priests and parishioners throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley called for a united campaign of prayer and Eucharistic Procession to avert the so-called satanic “black mass” scheduled at the Civic Center in September.
“In spite of repeated requests, there is no indication that the city intends to prevent this event from taking place. I have raised my concerns … and pointed out how deeply offensive this proposed sacrilegious act is to Christians and especially to the more than 250,000 Catholics who live in Oklahoma. I am certainly concerned about the misuse of a publicly supported facility for an event which has no other purpose than mocking Catholic faith,” the archbishop states in the letter. “I am calling on all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to counteract this challenge to faith and decency through prayer and penance.”
Archbishop Coakley on planned “Black Mass” at Civic Center:“We are astonished and grieved by this proposed sacrilegious event”
OKLAHOMA CITY (July 1, 2014) –A ticketed “Black Mass” is slated to occur Sept. 21 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, according to the Civic Center website.
Today, Archbishop Paul 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.
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