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Formando una cultura de la vida: ¿Y la pena de muerte?

Recientemente asistí al seminario Teoría Jurídica Católica en la Facultad de Derecho de OU. El tema de esa noche fue una aplicación particular de la enseñanza de la Iglesia Católica sobre la pena de muerte. Me quedé muy impresionado por la calidad de la discusión entre los alumnos y su profesor, Michael Scaperlanda, al considerar las complejidades de esta difícil cuestión, tanto desde el punto de vista legal y como el ético.

Crímenes particularmente atroces, que se han convertido muy comunes en nuestra sociedad violenta, inevitablemente estimulan la conversación en torno a la pena de muerte. ¿Qué debemos hacer como católicos de esta discusión? ¿Qué orientación proporciona el Magisterio de la Iglesia para ayudar a los fieles a debidamente formar nuestras conciencias en el difícil tema del uso de la pena de muerte?

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If not God's plan, whose plan?

We stand at a critical juncture in America.  The future of marriage, the family and society hang precariously in a balance.  At the present moment the United States Supreme Court is considering challenges to state and federal laws that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.   Not many years ago the prospect of marriage redefinition would have seemed unimaginable. 

Riding the wave of powerful cultural forces driven by the media, it is remarkable how swiftly the tide of public opinion has changed on a matter of such fundamental importance as marriage. There is no structure in society more worthy of protection than marriage and the family.  Marriage is a personal relationship, but with a public significance.  It is for this reason that the state has always maintained an interest in regulating and preserving marriage. It has been concerned not only with the good of the spouses, but especially with what is good for the children born of marriage.

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Si no es el plan de Dios, ¿de quién es?

Estamos en un momento crítico de coyuntura en América. El futuro del matrimonio, la familia y la sociedad están sosteniéndose precariamente en una balanza. En la actualidad la Corte Suprema de EE.UU. está considerando desafíos a las leyes estatales y federales que definen el matrimonio como la unión entre un hombre y una mujer. No hace muchos años la posibilidad de redefinir el matrimonio hubiera parecido inimaginable.

Estar en  la ola de poderosas fuerzas culturales impulsadas por los medios de comunicación, es notable como ha cambiado con rapidez la marea de la opinión pública en un asunto de importancia tan fundamental como lo es el matrimonio. No hay una estructura en la sociedad más digna de protección que el matrimonio y la familia. El matrimonio es una relación personal, pero con un significado público. Es por esta razón que el Estado siempre ha mantenido un interés en la regulación y perseverancia del matrimonio. Se ha preocupado no sólo por el bien de los cónyuges, pero especialmente con lo que es bueno para los hijos nacidos del matrimonio.

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Archbishop Coakley proclaims sacred purpose of Archdiocese

Mutually Shared Vision

By Tina Korbe Dzurisin
The Sooner Catholic

An archdiocesan envisioning team led by the Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, has ascertained and articulated the sacred purpose of the archdiocese, the team announced this month.

"Our purpose as the people of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City," Archbishop Coakley said, "is to joyfully witness to the Catholic faith in central and western Oklahoma through the teaching, sanctifying and governing ministry of Christ and His Church so that the Body of Christ is made present, the universal call to holiness proclaimed and all people are welcomed into the promise of eternal life."

The announcement is the first official outcome of a 13-month process to discern and proclaim a mutually shared vision for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City - a process that began when Archbishop Coakley chartered the archdiocesan envisioning team in July 2012 and continued last fall with 12 listening sessions in parishes across the archdiocese.

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Archbishop Coakley: All of us are called to be more concerned with mission than maintenance

SUBIACO, ARKANSAS -- The baptized faithful are called to be more concerned with mission than maintenance, Archbishop Paul Coakley said March 15 during a Mass to celebrate the 135th anniversary of Subiaco Abbey and the 55th anniversary of the consecration of its church.

Archbishop Coakley traveled to Arkansas -- which is within the province of Oklahoma City -- for the celebration.

"The modern papacy has taken on a new style, less managerial and more evangelical," Archbishop Coakley said in his homily. "This has consequences for the whole Church. All of us are called to be ... more interested in evangelization and making disciples than merely shoring up institutions while Catholics drift away."

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Introducing Pope Francis

Even as a rising chorus of observers, commentators and prognosticators were about to write off the Catholic Church as a mere relic of the past, due to its catalog of recent scandals and the growing indifference of many toward the Church, something extraordinary happened.  A humble man from Argentina, a pastor with a special love for the poor, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., was introduced as our new Pope.  He had chosen the name Francis.

When Pope Francis stepped onto the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica and stood quietly before the crowd gathered in the square, and indeed before the whole world, it was clear that something new and of great significance was occurring.  Yes, he is our new pope.  But beyond that mere fact, I had the sense of something more.  Perhaps the fact that I knew next to nothing about him piqued my interest and fascination.  My first question was, “Who is this man?”  This is the question on all of our minds.  He is our Holy Father.  We already love him.  But we want to get to know him.  We were struck by his serenity, his simplicity, his evident humility.  I was deeply touched by his profound bow when he asked the world to pray for him.

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Presentando al Papa Francisco

Incluso con un coro creciente de observadores, comentaristas y pronosticadores que estaban a punto de considerar a la Iglesia Católica como una mera reliquia del pasado, debido a su catálogo de escándalos recientes y a la creciente indiferencia de muchos hacia la Iglesia, sucedió algo extraordinario. Un hombre humilde de Argentina, un pastor con un amor especial por los pobres, el Cardenal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, fue presentado como nuestro nuevo Papa. Él eligió el nombre Francisco.

Cuando el Papa Francisco salió al balcón de la Basílica de San Pedro y se quedó en silencio ante la multitud reunida en la plaza, y de hecho ante el mundo entero, estaba claro que algo nuevo y de gran importancia estaba ocurriendo. Sí, él es nuestro nuevo Papa. Pero más allá de ese simple hecho, tuve la sensación de algo más. Tal vez el hecho de que yo no sabía casi nada de él despertó mi interés y fascinación. Mi primera pregunta fue: "¿Quién es este hombre?" Esta es la pregunta en todas nuestras mentes. Él es nuestro Santo Padre. Nosotros ya lo amamos. Pero queremos llegar a conocerlo. Nos impacto su serenidad, su sencillez, su humildad evidente. Me conmovió intensamente su reverencia profunda cuando le pidió al mundo que oren por él.

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Archbishop Coakley on new pope: “This is a moment of great joy”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (March 13, 2013) – At 1:06 p.m. CST today in Vatican City, white smoke rose from the smokestack of the Sistine Chapel, signifying the election of the next pope. Shortly thereafter, from the loggia over St. Peter’s Square, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran – the senior cardinal deacon -- pronounced “Habemus papam!” (“We have a pope!”) and introduced the former Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., as Pope Francis. From Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas in the 2000-year history of the Catholic Church.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, said this is a moment of great joy for Catholics in Oklahoma and around the world.

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"Feed my sheep"

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.

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Archbishop Coakley on helicopter crash: "Our love and concern go out to all affected"

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.

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