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Archbishop Coakley on planned “Black Mass” at Civic Center:
“We are astonished and grieved by this proposed sacrilegious event

 OKLAHOMA CITY (July 1, 2014) –A ticketed “Black Mass” is slated to occur Sept. 21 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, according to the Civic Center website.

 Today, Archbishop Paul Coakley expressed his astonishment and disappointment at this event and called on community leaders to reconsider whether it is an appropriate use of public space.

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Archbishop Coakley on Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby case:
“As fellow religious objectors to the mandate, we are pleased and hopeful"

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 30, 2014) – In a 5-4 decision in one of the most closely watched cases of the term, Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services et al. vs. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., et al., the Supreme Court of the United States today ruled that closely-held for-profit employers cannot be forced to offer insurance coverage for birth control methods they equate with abortion.

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Archbishop Coakley on ruling against state marriage amendments: “In season or out, the Church upholds the truth about marriage”

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 26, 2014) – Yesterday, by a vote of two to one, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that state constitutional amendments that define marriage as between one man and one woman violate the U.S. Constitution.

While the decision came in a case from Utah, it presumably applies to all states in the circuit, including Oklahoma. The effects of the decision will be delayed as long as the ruling is under appeal, however, and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has already said his office will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.

Today, Archbishop Paul Coakley expressed his disappointment at the appeals court ruling, urging a renewed societal sense of the immutable truth about marriage.

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Archbishop Coakley on anticipated arrival of immigrants at Fort Sill: “The Church is concerned for the pastoral needs of these children”

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 16, 2014) – The city of Lawton, Oklahoma, continues to anticipate the arrival of up to 1,200 unaccompanied immigrant children at Fort Sill, as a part of a federal effort to provide material and legal assistance to more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border since October.

Hundreds of federal workers will also temporarily live in hotels and rental houses in Lawton as they try to reunite the children with their families or find them a sponsor. Those children who do not qualify for asylum or other relief, who do not have family members legally in the United States or who are unable to find sponsors will likely be deported to their home countries.

Today, the Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, said the Church is concerned for the pastoral needs of all of these immigrants.

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Archbishop Coakley ordains three seminarians as deacons

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 9, 2014) – At 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul Coakley ordained three seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to the transitional diaconate, the holy order that immediately precedes priesthood.

On Saturday, Lance Warren of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Marlow, Oklahoma, Aaron Foshee of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City and Daniel Grover of Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Moore, Oklahoma, vowed celibacy and obedience to the bishop, preparatory to a final year of seminary study and eventual ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

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