Pope Francis approves beatification of Oklahoma’s Father Rother

Beatification next step toward sainthood

 OKLAHOMA CITY – Pope Francis on Friday recognized Oklahoma priest Father Stanley Francis Rother as a martyr, clearing the way for his beatification. Beatification is the last step before sainthood.

Father Rother, who was raised on a farm in Okarche and killed while serving the Oklahoma Catholic mission in Guatemala, is the first U.S. priest and martyr to be approved for beatification. 


A message from Archbishop Coakley

"Recently a small satanic group announced its intention to conduct a blasphemous demonstration outside of Saint Joseph’s Old Cathedral on Christmas Eve. Though disgusted by the audacity of the planned event, I am discouraging parishioners and others from giving this group the attention they seek, and instead inviting all to focus our attention on celebrating the joyful birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

On this holy night, we will give thanks to God and honor the Holy Family in reparation for these planned outrages against Jesus, Mary and Joseph."

-- The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop


Archbishop Coakley Statement on Supreme Court Ruling for Same-Sex Marriage


“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

Archbishop Coakley Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Oklahoma Death Penalty Case

“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

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. 


Letter: Call to Prayer to Avert "black mass"

August 4, 2014
The 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.