March 4, 2013
We have entered into an important period between pontificates known as the sede vacante or interregnum. As I write this column, the cardinals are gathering in Rome in preparation for the upcoming conclave during which they will elect the next successor of Peter and Vicar of Christ.
The cardinals are already engaged in an important series of meetings during which, both formally and informally, they are getting to know one another and learning about the challenges and opportunities facing the Church in various parts of the world. These meetings will continue until the conclave begins. At that point, only the cardinal electors, those under the age of 80, will be sequestered for the work of prayerfully choosing the next pope under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. These are days of great consequence for the Catholic Church and for humanity. Our task is to pray and fast for the cardinal electors and for the one whom they will choose and who is already known to the Lord.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Feb. 22, 2013) – Around 5:45 a.m. Feb. 22, a medical helicopter crashed between the Saint Ann Retirement Center and the Saint Ann Nursing Home. Three crew members were on board. Two were killed in the crash and the third has been hospitalized in critical condition. No one on the ground was killed or seriously harmed.
Since the surprising announcement on Feb. 11 that our beloved Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, would resign from office on Feb. 28, the Church and the world have grappled to find appropriate words and gestures to respond to this new reality. Only twice before, in 1294 and 1415, has something similar occurred.
Questions immediately arose; practical questions. When I met with the media on the day of the announcement I was asked, “What will he be called after his resignation?” and “What will he wear?” There were also more probing questions: “What will be the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI?” “What happens next?”
Desde el sorprendente anuncio del 11 de febrero de que nuestro amado Santo Padre, el Papa Benedicto XVI, dimitiría de la oficina el 28 de febrero, la Iglesia y el mundo han lidiado para encontrar palabras y gestos apropiados para responder a esta nueva realidad. Sólo en dos ocasiones anteriores, en 1294 y 1415, algo similar ocurrió.
Preguntas surgieron inmediatamente; preguntas prácticas. Cuando me reuní con los medios de comunicación en el día del anuncio se me preguntó: "¿Qué va a ser llamado después de su renuncia?" y "¿Qué va a traer puesto?" Hubo también preguntas de más sondeo: "¿Cuál será el legado del Papa Benedicto XVI? "" ¿Qué pasa después? "
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (February 11, 2013) – The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, made the following statement today on the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month:
“Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign the papal office on February 28. He has cited his concern that his diminishing energies and advanced age no longer allow him to adequately discharge the heavy responsibilities entrusted to him as Bishop of Rome and Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church.
A few weeks ago I issued a Call to Prayer throughout the Archdiocese inviting people to pray for a greater respect for life, the strengthening and protection of marriage, and a defense of religious liberty. I would like to focus here on marriage.
The Catholic Church has a great interest in the promotion of strong and healthy marriages based upon God’s plan for marriage and the family. The family is the most basic cell of the Church. It is the domestic Church. It is also the fundamental building block for human society and civilization. For these and for many other reasons we take marriage very seriously. We require couples preparing for marriage to participate in marriage preparation programs that help equip them for a healthy and holy married life.
Hace unas semanas emití un Llamado a la Oración a través de la Arquidiócesis invitando a la gente a orar por un mayor respeto por la vida, el fortalecimiento y la protección del matrimonio y la defensa de la libertad religiosa. Me gustaría enfocarme aquí en el matrimonio.
La Iglesia Católica tiene un gran interés en la promoción de matrimonios fuertes y saludables, basados sobre el plan de Dios para el matrimonio y la familia. La familia es la célula más básica de la Iglesia. Es la Iglesia doméstica. También es la piedra angular sobre la cual se construye la sociedad humana y la civilización. Por estas y por otras muchas razones tomamos muy en serio el matrimonio. Requerimos que aquellas parejas que se preparan para el matrimonio participen en programas de preparación matrimonial que les ayudan a equiparlos para una vida matrimonial saludable y santa.
By Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of Oklahoma City
January 27, 2013
In a homily delivered in the presence of the College of Cardinals prior to the 2005 conclave which elected him as Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger spoke of the threats which the new pope, whoever he might be, would have to confront. Among the many challenges the Church faces at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Cardinal Ratzinger observed, is what he called “the dictatorship of relativism”.
Por Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley
Arzobispo de Oklahoma City
January 27, 2013
En una homilía pronunciada en presencia del Colegio Cardenalicio antes del cónclave de 2005, el cual lo eligió como Papa Benedicto XVI, el Cardenal Joseph Ratzinger habló de las amenazas que el nuevo Papa, quienquiera que fuese, tendría que enfrentar. Entre los muchos desafíos que enfrenta la Iglesia al comienzo del siglo XXI, el cardenal Ratzinger observo, lo que él llamó "la dictadura del relativismo".
December 29, 2012
Commemoration of St. Thomas Becket
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The year 2013 promises to be one of great consequence on many fronts for our Church and our Nation. With the looming threat to our religious liberty posed by the HHS mandate, the rapid erosion of respect for human life and the unprecedented assault on the institution of marriage taking hold in our nation we bishops of the United States are issuing a Call to Prayer.