Archbishop Coakley calls for united campaign of prayer, procession and benediction in response to scheduled “black mass”

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.”

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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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Archbishop Coakley on Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby case:
“As fellow religious objectors to the mandate, we are pleased and hopeful"

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 30, 2014) – In a 5-4 decision in one of the most closely watched cases of the term, Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services et al. vs. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., et al., the Supreme Court of the United States today ruled that closely-held for-profit employers cannot be forced to offer insurance coverage for birth control methods they equate with abortion.

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Archbishop Coakley on ruling against state marriage amendments: “In season or out, the Church upholds the truth about marriage”

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 26, 2014) – Yesterday, by a vote of two to one, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that state constitutional amendments that define marriage as between one man and one woman violate the U.S. Constitution.

While the decision came in a case from Utah, it presumably applies to all states in the circuit, including Oklahoma. The effects of the decision will be delayed as long as the ruling is under appeal, however, and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has already said his office will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.

Today, Archbishop Paul Coakley expressed his disappointment at the appeals court ruling, urging a renewed societal sense of the immutable truth about marriage.

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Archbishop Coakley on anticipated arrival of immigrants at Fort Sill: “The Church is concerned for the pastoral needs of these children”

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 16, 2014) – The city of Lawton, Oklahoma, continues to anticipate the arrival of up to 1,200 unaccompanied immigrant children at Fort Sill, as a part of a federal effort to provide material and legal assistance to more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border since October.

Hundreds of federal workers will also temporarily live in hotels and rental houses in Lawton as they try to reunite the children with their families or find them a sponsor. Those children who do not qualify for asylum or other relief, who do not have family members legally in the United States or who are unable to find sponsors will likely be deported to their home countries.

Today, the Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, said the Church is concerned for the pastoral needs of all of these immigrants.

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Archbishop Coakley ordains three seminarians as deacons

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 9, 2014) – At 10 a.m. Saturday, 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.

On Saturday, Lance Warren of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Marlow, Oklahoma, Aaron Foshee of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City and Daniel Grover of Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Moore, Oklahoma, vowed celibacy and obedience to the bishop, preparatory to a final year of seminary study and eventual ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

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Archbishop Coakley on progress of litigation against HHS mandate: “We are encouraged by this recognition of religious liberty”

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 5, 2014) – A U.S. district court judge in Oklahoma yesterday delivered a ruling that protects the employer members of the Oklahoma-based Catholic Benefits Association from the conscience-violating requirements of a burdensome federal regulation.

In a class-action lawsuit filed by the CBA, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and others, Judge David Russell of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled that those Catholic employers who are currently members of the CBA should be exempt from an Obama administration mandate that requires employers to provide employees with health insurance that covers contraception, abortifacients, sterilization and related counseling – drugs and procedures to which CBA members have religious objections.

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Archbishop Coakley on execution of Clayton Lockett: “The brutality of the death penalty disregards human dignity”

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 30, 2014) – On April 29, in McAlester, Okla., the planned execution of convicted killer Clayton Lockett utilizing a new three-drug lethal injection protocol failed, leaving Lockett evincing unexpected signs of pain and leading Oklahoma prison officials to halt the proceedings. Lockett later died of a heart attack.

Today, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, said the unprecedented execution underscores the brutality of the death penalty and urged Oklahomans to weigh carefully the demands of justice and mercy.

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Alliance for Catholic Education recognizes Sister Catherine Powers with prestigious Sorin Award

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 11, 2014) – At a Mass and subsequent ceremony this morning at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Oklahoma City, representatives of the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame recognized Sister Catherine “Kay” Powers, CND, with the prestigious University of Notre Dame Sorin Award for Service to Catholic Schools.

Named for the founder of the University, the Reverend Edward Sorin, CSC, the Sorin Award honors those whose tireless commitment to support, sustain and transform Catholic schools has shaped the lives of countless children, their families and communities.

That description perfectly fits Sister Kay, says her nominator and current Catholic Schools superintendent Cris Carter, Ph.D.

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Archbishop Coakley on death of Christ the King student: “Our sympathy and prayers go out to the family and community”

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 25, 2014) – Between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., during morning car pool at Christ the King Catholic School, pre-kindergartener Quaid Thomas Dolan, 4, was struck by a car and subsequently died.

“It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the painful tragedy that occurred at Christ the King this morning,” said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City. “As an archdiocese, we grieve the loss of Quaid Thomas ‘QT’ Dolan and pray for the peace and comfort of all those who are affected by this sad and unexpected occurrence. My sympathy and concern go out especially to the Dolan family and to the entire Christ the King community in this time of suffering.”

Dolan was the son of Sheryl and Brian Dolan and the grandson of Susan and Robert Dolan, all active parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church; he is survived by five older brothers and a younger sister.

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