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Archbishop Coakley’s letter to the faithful

August 19, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

Editor’s Note: Due to the importance of the letter and its topic, Archbishop Coakley has asked that the newspaper reprint it in larger type and in Spanish. The letter originally was released on July 30 and can be found online at www.archokc.org.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The bitter fruits of the sexual revolution continue to wreak havoc on human society, the family and the Church. Fifty years ago, Blessed Paul VI warned in his prophetic encyclical, Humanae Vitae, of the disastrous consequences of separating sexual intimacy from fertility and its divinely ordained place within the sanctity of marriage. He warned of a growing disrespect for women, increasing marital infidelity and a general lowering of morality in society.

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Cristo Rey OKC

August 5, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

"Man cannot live without hope, and education is the generator of hope. … The true educator is like a father or a mother that transmits a life capable of a future.” – Pope Francis, addressing the plenary session of the Congregation for Catholic Education in 2017.

The Catholic Church values education as one of the fundamental building blocks for achieving our God-given potential and creating a more just and humane society in which every person’s value is recognized. Such an education includes bearing witness to the truth of the Gospel and the formation of a virtuous character.

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How about a summer pilgrimage?

Blessed Stanley Rother Feast Day July 28

July 8, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

With the Fourth of July behind us we have come to the unofficial halfway point of summer. Summer plans are unfolding. Our archdiocese is planning some special observances this month to honor Blessed Stanley Rother.

Looking at the weeks ahead, I would like to draw attention to ways we can prepare to observe the upcoming liturgical feast of Blessed Stanley on Saturday, July 28. This will be the first time since his beatification this past September that the Church will officially observe this celebration.

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Family separation policy is immoral

June 24, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

One of the memorable moments of the spring U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ General Assembly occurred during a discussion on immigration, migrants and refugees.

Regarding the recent extreme measure authorizing the separation of families who have crossed our southern border illegally, one bishop said the policy is symptomatic of a dangerous case of “cardiosclerosis,” a hardening of the heart.

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Is State Question 788 a good idea?

June 10, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

On June 26, Oklahomans will go to the polls to vote on candidates and issues that will impact the quality of life of all for us here in the Sooner State. Among the ballot measures that we must address is State Question 788, which, if passed, will legalize medical marijuana for persons over 18 years of age. We would be wise to study this carefully.

The Catholic Church has a rich history of concern for the well-being of the whole person and fostering a more just society.

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Easy to take for granted

May 27, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

All of us are creatures of habit. The habits we form become part of the daily rhythm of our lives. We may not even be aware of these habits until something disrupts our routine. Part of my morning routine is to grab the morning paper from the driveway before my first cup of coffee.

The day is off to a rocky start when, for one reason or another, the paper is delayed. Maybe I’m old school, but I like to spend time with the paper before starting my day. That’s not to say that I haven’t grown accustomed to using various smart devices or my laptop for accessing digital media or tuning in to my favorite radio stations for programming so I can stay connected.

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A new Pentecost

May 13, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. As I write this column in anticipation of Pentecost Sunday, I have been reflecting on the presence and power of the Holy Spirit who has been bringing forth such abundant fruit in the life of this local church. We have been blessed in so many ways!

On this great feast, which concludes the Easter Season, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and those disciples who had gathered in prayer after Jesus’ Ascension into heaven.

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Rejoice and be glad

April 29, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

In Pope Francis’s recent and very approachable Apostolic Exhortation, “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and Be Glad), the Holy Father reflects on the call to holiness in today’s world. But, it’s probably not what you think. It’s not a theoretical treatise. It’s a pastor’s reflection born out of lived experience. “My modest goal,” he writes, “is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time.” It is very practical!

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A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep

April 15, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

“The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger.” Those of us who have become familiar with the life and witness of Blessed Stanley Rother immediately recognize those words. They were his words.

When his life was in danger, he made the conscious decision to remain with his flock. He laid down his life. Blessed Stanley made his own the words of Jesus that we hear in the Gospel for Good Shepherd Sunday.

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The prophetic vision of Blessed Paul VI

April 1, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s prophetic encyclical letter, “Humanae Vitae” (Of Human Life) published on July 25, 1968.

Pope Paul VI reminded Catholics and all people of good will that something as sacred as the transmission of human life cannot be cut loose from its moorings without grave consequences to individuals, marriages and families, and to society as a whole. The transmission of life and dignity of married love are integrally entwined. Both are sacred.

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