Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City joins Bishop Wall to talk about the life of Fr. Stanley Rother, the first U.S.-born martyr whose cause for beatification is before the Vatican.

Discussion points:

00:32 – Introduction to Archbishop Paul Coakley
 
02:24 – Who was Fr. Stanley Rother?
 
03:35 – What exactly is a martyr, how how does the concept of martyrdom fit within the Catholic Church?
 
05:21 – Latin America and the Catholic Church in the 1960s
 
08:13 – Why Fr. Rother is called “The shepherd who didn’t run”
 
12:42 – How Archbishop Coakley became involved in Fr. Rother’s cause for canonization
 
17:00 – When a canonization cause is accepted by the Vatican, what does the process look like? How does this differ for someone who has been declared a martyr?
 
 

Useful Links:

The Story of Fr. Stanley Rother – His life and death

The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run – the biography of Fr. Rother from Our Sunday Visitor

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