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Truth and Tolerance

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”. 

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Verded Y Tolerancia

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".

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Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty

(Haga clic aquí para español)

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.

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Catholic Schools Keep Faith First

By Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of Oklahoma City
January 13, 2013

As those might notice who occasionally scan my published calendar, I spend a lot of time visiting our Catholic schools. Every year I travel to each of our 22 Catholic elementary and secondary schools around the Archdiocese. Among these we have two traditional high schools, one virtual high school, 18 elementary schools and one school for children on the autistic spectrum.  I am proud of each of these institutions. Each one represents a shared commitment among parents, pastors, administrators, faculty and staff, the parishes and the Archdiocese. 

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Escuelas Católicas Mantienen la Fe Como lo Primero

Por Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley
Arzobispo de Oklahoma City
December 29, 2012

Como pueden notar aquellos que de vez en cuando escanean mi calendario público, paso mucho tiempo visitando nuestras Escuelas Católicas. Cada año viajo a cada una de las veintidós Escuelas Católicas primarias y de educación media de todo la Arquidiócesis. Entre estas tenemos dos preparatorias tradicionales, una preparatoria virtual,  dieciocho escuelas primarias y una escuela para niños autistas. Estoy orgulloso de cada una de estas instituciones. Cada una de ellas representa un compromiso compartido entre los padres, pastores, administradores, profesores y personal, las parroquias y la arquidiócesis.

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So What’s Wrong With Contraception?

By Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of Oklahoma City
December 16, 2012

When the controversy first erupted over the HHS  mandate, I joined my fellow bishops in stating that our fundamental objection to this unjust government mandate is its disregard for the rights of conscience and religious liberty. It remains so. 
Much of the press, many politicians and pundits attempted to distort the matter and shift the focus to the Catholic Church’s opposition to contraception. It was a shrewd tactic given the Church’s counter-cultural but con-sistent teaching on the illicitness of contraception is an easy target for ridicule in a very secular culture. Even among Catholics our teaching is widely misunderstood, seldom taught clearly and in too many cases widely disregarded. 

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¿Qué Hay de Malo con la Anticoncepción?

Por Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley
Arzobispo de Oklahoma City
December 16, 2012

Cuando estalló la primera controversia sobre el mandato del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS por sus siglas en ingles), me uní a mis hermanos obispos al decir que nuestra objeción fundamental a este injusto mandato del gobierno es su desprecio por los derechos de la conciencia y la libertad religiosa. Sigue siendo así.
Gran parte de la prensa, muchos políticos y supuestos expertos que ofrecen sus comentarios trataron de distorsionar el asunto y cambiar el enfoque hacia  la oposición de la Iglesia católica a la anticoncepción. Fue una táctica astuta dado que la enseñanza contracultural pero consistente de la Iglesia sobre la ilicitud de la anticoncepción es un blanco fácil para el ridículo en una cultura muy secular. Incluso entre los católicos nuestra enseñanza es ampliamente incomprendida, rara vez  enseñada con claridad, y en demasiados casos ampliamente ignorada.

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Ordination at Clear Creek Abbey

 

 

On October 7, feast of the Most Holy Rosary was an ordination at Clear Creek Abbey. Two monks were ordained to the Diaconate and one to the Priesthood, by His Excellency Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City. This was the first such Ordination to take place in there abbatial church. See more pictures from the ordination.

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Archbishop Coakley Addresses St. Gregory's University Graduates

Archbishop Coakley addressed the 2012 graduates of St. Gregory's University on Saturday, May 12.  St. Gregory’s University celebrated its 97th commencement exercise Saturday inside W.P. Wood Field House. Bachelor’s degrees were conferred on 114 graduates with an additional 34 receiving associate’s degrees and seven receiving master’s degrees.

Archbishop Coakley's commencement address is included below in its entirety.

"President Main, Abbot Lawrence, distinguished faculty, members of the university administration and board, members of the monastic community, students, alumni, friends and family, and most especially you, the St. Gregory’s University Class of 2012, it is a great pleasure and distinct honor to greet you on this joyful occasion and to offer a few words in celebration of today’s commencement exercises and your achievements.

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