Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City: Sanctification is “the principle and foundation of the Christian life, of all pastoral planning and pastoral work. … God creates us for holiness. God calls us to become saints.”

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He said that the universal call to holiness is “really the heart of the [Second Vatican] Council, the heart of Lumen Gentium for sure, so I’ve hit upon that for many years, even before coming here, trying to inculcate that call to holiness, that call to be saints. That’s what it means to be Christian.”

He had written, “Holiness is not the prerogative of an elite few. It is the fundamental vocation that every Christian receives in baptism,” and reflected that holiness is not privatized or individualistic, though its expression is unique to each person.

“I’m trying to speak to the distorted understanding of what holiness means,” Archbishop Coakley explained. People often “equate sanctity with piety, and certainly, saints are pious people, but I think genuine holiness is much more robust than that.”

“Holiness has to be attractive, if it’s going to be compelling,” he said, adding that a genuine holiness “will be attractive.”

“I’ve encountered so much resistance to the notion of holiness, because people have such a poor understanding of what holiness looks like; what holiness looks like in a family,” he noted.

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Editor’s note: Go make disciples of Jesus Christ – not necessarily disciples of Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, Pope Paul VI, etc. Preach the authentic Gospel, in season and out. Not the watered down, touchy-feely, feminized and modernized version that has been foisted on Catholics for lo these many years. Then see what happens!

1 Corinthians 1:10-13

(10) Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no schisms among you: but that you be perfect in the same mind and in the same judgment.
(11) For it hath been signified unto me, my brethren, of you, by them that are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
(12) Now this I say, that every one of you saith: I indeed am of Paul; and I am of Apollo; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
(13) Is Christ divided? Was Paul then crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Catholics, Protestants rally in Oklahoma City for religious freedom.

A religious gathering punctuated by fiery speeches and standing ovations brought Catholics and Protestants together Saturday, united against a common enemy.

Rally for Religious Freedom speakers, including a Roman Catholic archbishop, a Pentecostal leader and a Southern Baptist pastor, said threats to religious liberty should trouble all people of faith.

The rally at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City was hosted by a group of Catholic laity called St. Peter’s Fellowship, and it drew about 3,200 people. Organizers said it was held in conjunction with the “Fortnight For Freedom,” a faith initiative born out of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ outrage over a U.S. Health and Human Services mandate that effectively requires faith-affiliated organizations to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

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“It’s a parody of the Catholic rite of exorcism. It’s just a blasphemy ritual.”


The leader of an Satanic church firmly planted in the Bible Belt has raised eyebrows by renting a theater in the Oklahoma City Civic Center for a ritual exorcism of God.

The Church of the IV Majesties is inviting members and the public to view the ritual, in hopes of erasing a lot of the unfounded fears many have about Satanism.

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