Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

Birthday: 3 June 1955

Bachelor’s in English – University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Bachelor’s in Classical Antiquities – University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Master’s of Divinity – Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Licentiate in Sacred Theology – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 21 May 1983
Episcopate: 28 December 2004

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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  • Archbishop Coakley said Archbishop Viganó is a man of “integrity” who he has the “deepest respect” for. In a statement released August 28, Coakley said Viganó’s testimony “demands deeper examination and verification of each of its claims.” Like so many, he continued, “I am deeply troubled by the assertions contained in this unprecedented document.” (LifeSiteNews)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • Coakley said the Supreme Court’s 2015 legalization of homosexual “marriage” was a “tragic error” that will “have devastating consequences, especially for children.” Coakley strongly denounced the ruling by adding that society “needs an institution that connects children to their mothers and fathers.” Coakley said Catholics must “be vigilant in our defense of religious liberty due to the threats that are sure to ramp up as a result of this decision and its consequences in law and in public opinion.” (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

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  • In 2007, Bishop Coakley was asked by LifeSiteNews if obstinate pro-abortion and pro-gay “marriage” Catholic politicians should be denied communion. Coakley responded “I agree,” adding that “in many cases it becomes the right decision and the only choice” but “more than likely, the last stage in a series of steps” after trying to privately persuade them to give up their views. (LifeSiteNews)


Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • On July 25, 2018, Archbishop Coakley released a twitter video saying Humanae Vitae was “prophetic” and that its publication was “good news” for married couples. He also said Humanae Vitae lifted up the “dignity and the sanctity of human life and especially the transmission of life between spouses.” (Archdiocese of Oklahoma City)
  • In March 2018, Bishop Coakley penned a letter in his archdiocesan newspaper on the negative impact contraception has had on society. “To engage in sexual activity outside of marriage or for selfish purposes or while interfering with its natural fruitfulness by contraception is a rejection of God’s intended meaning and purpose,” he wrote. He also praised Paul VI for “prophetic insight in recognizing the grave consequences that follow” the embrace of contraception. “Separating sex from babies has disastrous and far-reaching consequences,” he added. (The Sooner Catholic)

“LGBT” ideology

Upholds Church teaching on “LGBT” ideology
  • In a pastoral letter written in June 2016, Bishop Coakley accused the federal government of being allied with “powerful economic forces” to change the basic understanding of human sexuality and the family unit. In his letter, Coakley said public school bathrooms are being used to promote transgenderism, which Coakley said flies in the face of “science, philosophy, theology and the accumulated wisdom of every culture.” Bishop Coakley said gender differences are rooted in biology and in the design of God. He concluded his letter by saying the motivating force behind the gender movement is “demonic.” (LifeSiteNews)


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Marriage and Family Life

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  • In 2009, Coakley personally told the president of the University of Notre Dame that honoring President Obama undermines the school’s Catholic identity and mission. He also told him that the USCCB forbids Catholic schools from honoring those whose positions contradict the teachings of the Church. (LifeSiteNews)