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Blessing for the OKC National Memorial 20th Anniversary Ceremony

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
April 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.



Archbishop Coakley comments on U.S. Supreme Court decision not to review same-sex marriage cases

“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.”

Lawsuit addresses OSSAA’s violation of student rights

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.


Archbishop Coakley's Statement on Prayers of Exorcism and Cleansing for the Civic Center Music Hall

"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."

El Arzobispo Coakley Entabla Demanda para Detener Profanación de Hostia Hurtada en Proyectada “Misa Negra”


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. 


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