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Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

On Sunday, Sept. 21, a local satanic sect apparently will be allowed to conduct a public act of blasphemy in the form of a so-called black mass at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City. In spite of an overwhelming outcry of alarm from around the world, our city leaders will allow this outrage to take place in a publicly supported facility. They will not accede to the reasonable requests of local citizens to stop this outright mockery of the Catholic Mass nor the reasonable concerns of so many that this satanic ritual invokes powers of evil and invites them into our community.

Even though our city leaders apparently do not take this threat seriously, I do. As a Catholic priest and bishop I have witnessed in my ministry the battle between forces of good and evil in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. It is not merely a struggle rooted in human weakness and ignorance, though these are certainly the source of much suffering and mayhem in our lives and in our world. Demonic activity and the chaotic forces of evil are very real. The madness of war accompanied by increasingly brutal acts of terror, the violence in our schools and communities are all evidence that something is terribly wrong.

The crucial battleground for the forces of good and evil is the human heart. As a Christian, I believe that Jesus Christ came to conquer the power of sin and to cast out demons. This was an essential part of his mission and ministry. It continues in his Church. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ has gained the victory. He has destroyed the power of Satan, the Prince of Darkness and Father of Lies. The war has been won, though skirmishes will continue until Christ comes again in glory. As people of faith we dare not lose hope. Victory is assured.



Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, I had the privilege of presenting the Positio on the Servant of God, Father Stanley Rother, to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. The Positio is the distillation of all of the historical research and testimony that was painstakingly gathered to examine the course of Father Rother’s life and heroic death while serving as a parish priest at the Oklahoma mission in Guatemala. 

The Positio will be studied by the members of the Congregation, who then will recommend to the Holy Father whether Father Rother can be justly honored as a martyr for the Faith. This is a very important step in the process, which we hope will lead toward Father Rother’s beatification and canonization. I am including the text of my letter to Cardinal Amato that accompanied the Positio at its formal presentation. Please continue to remember this important intention in your prayers!




Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

In my last two columns I wrote about the so-called “black mass” that has been scheduled at our Civic Center in Oklahoma City. I do not want to write about it again. A quick scan of the alarming threats to peace and stability around the world might make all the attention we are focusing on this “black mass” seem incredibly myopic. 

We have all seen the troubling images and heard the alarming reports. The accounts of Christians being beheaded and crucified by ISIS in Iraq are raising concerns about genocide. Christians have now been expelled from the city of Mosul in northern Iraq where they had lived peacefully for more than 1,500 years. 

The simmering kettle of unrest throughout the Middle East seems ready to boil over with unthinkable consequences. Civil war in Syria rages on. Hundreds of thousands of persons have been displaced, flooding neighboring countries with refugees and creating a humanitarian disaster in the region.


Archbishop Coakley Calls for Prayer and Penance to Avert the Planned Sacrilege

August 4, 2014
The Memorial of St. John Vianney

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

By now you are probably aware that a Satanic group has scheduled a so-called Black Mass for Sunday, September 21 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. 

Even though tickets are being sold for this event as if it were merely some sort of dark entertainment, this Satanic ritual is deadly serious.  It is a blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass.  Using a consecrated Host obtained illicitly from a Catholic church and desecrating it in the vilest ways imaginable, the practitioners offer it in sacrifice to Satan.  This terrible sacrilege is a deliberate attack on the Catholic Mass as well as the foundational beliefs of all Christians.  It mocks Our Lord Jesus Christ, whom we Catholics believe is truly present under the form of bread and wine in the Holy Eucharist when it has been consecrated by a validly ordained priest.


Arzobispo Coakley llama a la oración y la penitencia para evitar el sacrilegio planeado

4 de agosto de 2014
Memoria de San Juan María Vianney

Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas en Cristo,

Ya probablemente saben que un grupo satánico ha programado una llamada Misa Negra para el domingo, 21 de septiembre en el Salón de Música del Centro Cívico en Oklahoma City.

A pesar de que boletos se están vendiendo para este evento como si fuera simplemente algún tipo de entretenimiento oscuro, este ritual satánico es realmente algo muy serio. Es una inversión blasfema y obscena de la Misa Católica. Usando una Hostia consagrada obtenida ilícitamente de una Iglesia Católica y profanarla en las formas más viles imaginables, los practicantes lo ofrecen en sacrificio a Satanás. Este terrible sacrilegio es un ataque deliberado a la Misa Católica, así como las creencias fundamentales de todos los cristianos. Se burla de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, a quien los Católicos creen que está realmente presente bajo las especies del pan y el vino en la Santa Eucaristía cuando ha sido consagrada por un sacerdote válidamente ordenado.


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“Deliver us from evil. Amen.”

Recently I came across a schedule of events for the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.   Imagine my astonishment upon reading about a ticketed “Black Mass” performance that will be presented at this public institution! 

I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt and assume that this event was scheduled without knowledge of what was going to be taking place.  The so-called Black Mass is an occult ritual normally carried out in secret among those initiated into its dark mysteries.  It is astonishing that this is being performed in such a public way and in public space.  In a Black Mass a consecrated Sacred Host, obtained by stealth from a Catholic Mass, is corrupted in a vile and sexual manner and then becomes the sacrifice of this pseudo Mass offered in homage to Satan.


"Libranos del Mal. Amén”.

Recientemente me encontré con un programa de eventos para el Teatro del Centro Cívico (Music Hall Civic Center en inglés)  en Oklahoma City. ¡Imaginen mi asombro al leer acerca de boletos para una función de una "Misa Negra", que se presentará en esta institución pública!

Estoy dispuesto a darle el beneficio de la duda y asumir que este evento estaba programado sin el conocimiento de lo que se va a llevar a cabo. La llamada Misa Negra es un ritual oculto normalmente llevado a cabo en secreto entre los iniciados en sus misterios oscuros. Es asombroso que esto se esté realizando de manera pública y en espacio público. En una Misa Negra una Sagrada Hostia consagrada, obtenida por  sigilo de una Misa Católica, es corrompida de una manera vil y sexual y luego se convierte en el sacrificio de esta falsa Misa ofrecida en homenaje a Satanás.


Thank God for our priests!

On Saturday, June 28, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City was blessed by the ordination of five new priests to serve the people of this local Church. It has been 23 years since we have had such a large ordination class! In addition to these new priests, I recently ordained a priest at Saint Gregory’s Abbey and three transitional deacons who, God willing, will be ordained priests for the archdiocese next year. The Lord is indeed answering our prayers and fulfilling his promise by providing shepherds after the mind and heart of Christ. This is certainly an occasion of joy and thanksgiving for the Church in Oklahoma!

¡Gracias a Dios por los sacerdotes!

 (June 29, 2014)El sábado 28 de junio, la Arquidiócesis fue bendecida con la ordenación de cinco nuevos sacerdotes para servir al pueblo de esta Iglesia local. ¡Han pasado 23 años desde que hayamos tenido una clase tan grande de ordenación! Además de estos nuevos sacerdotes recientemente he ordenado un sacerdote en la Abadía de San Gregorio y tres diáconos transitorios que, si Dios quiere, serán ordenados sacerdotes para la Arquidiócesis el próximo año. El Señor está, en efecto contestando nuestras oraciones y el cumplimiento de su promesa, proporcionando pastores según la mente y el corazón de Cristo. ¡Este es sin duda un motivo de alegría y de acción de gracias para la Iglesia en Oklahoma!


Freedom to serve

Religious liberty is more than the freedom to worship, though worship is an essential expression in virtually every religious tradition.  Minimally, religious liberty certainly safeguards the freedom to worship.  But a robust religious liberty, as our Constitution enshrines it and as the Creator has inscribed it in our hearts through the natural law, is also the freedom to live out the implications of our religious faith in the public as well as the private dimensions of our lives.  As Christians we are called not only to love God, but also to love our neighbor.  Service to God requires service to our neighbor. 

For the third consecutive year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is sponsoring a Fortnight for Freedom calling Catholics as well as other people of faith and good will to reflect upon the importance of religious freedom in our society and in our world.  The Fortnight is an opportunity to pray, to study and to advocate for religious freedom, which is being threatened not only in faraway places, but also here in the United States.