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.
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.
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.
Archbishop Coakley is now tweeting! Follow him on Twitter@ArchbishopOKC for periodic updates about his thoughts, whereabouts, and happenings in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
Archbishop Coakley will be the spiritual director for pilgrims traveling to Poland, Prague and the Holy Land October 18-November 1, 2012. Highlights of the trip will include Czestochowa, Wadowice (birthplace of Pope John Paul II), Auschwitz, Krakow, Prague. In the Holy Land the pilgrims will explore Mt. Carmel, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mount Tabor, Cana, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Gethsemane, and many other places, including a walk of the Palm Sunday route of Jesus, and praying the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa. This pilgrimage is sponsored by the Southwestern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Membership in the Equestrian Order is not required to join the pilgrimage. Space is limited. For more information, contact Michele Malloy at 713-819-7318, or pdf Click Here to download a brochure.
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.