Archbishop Paul Coakley

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Governor Kevin Stitt (R-OK) attends a roundtable at the White House in Washington, DC June 18, 2020.

Oklahoma City archbishop encourages 'culture of life' after governor signs abortion ban

May 26, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City thanked state leaders Wednesday “for supporting pro-life measures” after the governor signed into law... Read more

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley preaching during Mass in the cathedral in 2021.

Oklahoma governor's clemency of Julius Jones took 'tremendous courage,' Archbishop Coakley says

Nov 18, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City praised Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) for his “tremendous courage” in granting convicted murderer Julius... Read more

Archbishop Paul Coakley. Courtesy photo.

Oklahoma City archbishop issues call to prayer for end to abortion, death penalty

Oct 23, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has issued a call to prayer for the abolition of the death penalty and... Read more

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley preaching during Mass in the cathedral in 2021.

Marking Labor Day, archbishop urges Catholics to pray and work for an economy that respects the common good

Sep 6, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A US archbishop has urged Catholics to pray and work for an economy that respects the common good, as the... Read more

Archbishop Paul Coakley, chair of the USCCB domestic justice and human development committee, preaching during Mass in the cathedral in 2021.

USCCB ‘grateful’ for passage of infrastructure bill, urges no funding of abortions

Aug 12, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Tuesday offered some praise of the U.S. Senate’s passage of a $1.2... Read more

Sign over death row.

End executions for Advent, Catholic bishops tell Trump

Dec 7, 2020

Leading U.S. bishops are imploring the Trump administration to stop scheduled federal executions during the season of Advent.  Read more

Fr. Zachary Boazman, left, after the baptism of a baby, right.

Invalidly baptized Oklahoma priest baptized and ‘re-ordained’ 

Sep 16, 2020

By Mary Farrow

In the second known instance in the United States, a man who believed himself to be a validly baptized Catholic... Read more

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City. Courtesy photo.

Spend Labor Day in solidarity with the poor, US bishops say

Sep 3, 2020

The U.S. bishops’ conference is encouraging solidarity, charity and compassion for low-income and essential workers during the upcoming Labor Day... Read more

Statue of Mary outside Cathedral Prep School and Seminary, Queens, New York.

Bishops urge Catholics to 'meet hatred with love' after churches vandalized

Jul 23, 2020

Leading U.S. bishops have released a joint statement on Wednesday, July 22, responding to the recent spate of vandalism against... Read more

Protests against the killing of George Floyd in Ann Arbor Michigan, June 2020.

‘No justice, no peace’ reflects Catholic principles for police reform, bishops say

Jun 25, 2020

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, Bishop Mario Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington, and Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux sent... Read more

Archbishop Paul Coakley and Fr. Oby Zunmas inspect damage at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Tornado devastates new Oklahoma Catholic church, but Rother window unharmed 

Apr 25, 2020

By Mary Farrow

A tornado destroyed an Oklahoma parish, and its pastor says he's lucky to be alive. But a stained-glass window of... Read more

Archbishop Paul Coakley. Courtesy photo.

USCCB domestic justice chairman welcomes coronavirus aid bill

Mar 30, 2020

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City issued a statement in response to the passage Friday of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief,... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles.

'God does not abandon us': US bishops urge prayer, state action over coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020

Catholic bishops in the United States offered prayers and encouragement as Congress considers a relief package for the Coronavirus.  Read more

Crowd at a rally of immigrants and supporters calling for legal reforms Washington D.C.

Bishops oppose 'public charge' rule change as Supreme Court lifts injunction

Jan 29, 2020

In August 2019, the Trump administration announced changes to how a person is determined to be a “public charge,” someone primarily... Read more

Seasonal agricultural workers in Salinas, Calif.

Bishops praise House agriculture workers bill, urge Senate to pass

Dec 17, 2019

The U.S. bishops have praised the passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, which creates a new status... Read more

Gallows in Tombstone, Arizona.

Bishops urge mercy on World Day Against the Death Penalty

Oct 10, 2019

The death penalty is outdated and promotes a culture of violence, three bishops said during a livestream conversation on Oct.... Read more

Archbishop Paul Coakley. Courtesy photo.

Archbishop Coakley: Keep tilling the 'good soil' of discipleship

Jan 28, 2019

Being and making disciples of Christ is a life-long project that requires a continued renewal of focus and recommitment to... Read more