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Edward James Slattery

The Most Reverend
Edward J. Slattery
Bishop of Tulsa
Diocese Diocese of Tulsa
Appointed November 11, 1993
Predecessor Eusebius J. Beltran
Ordination April 26, 1966
by John Patrick Cody
Consecration January 6, 1994
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Birth name Edward James Slattery
Born (1940-08-11) August 11, 1940
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Tulsa, Oklahoma
Parents William Edward Slattery and Winifred Margaret Brennan
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Styles of
Edward J. Slattery
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Edward James Slattery (born August 11, 1940) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the third and current bishop of Tulsa.

Early life

The second of seven children, Edward Slattery was born in Chicago, Illinois, to William Edward and Winifred Margaret (née Brennan) Slattery;[1] both his paternal and maternal grandparents emigrated to the United States from Ireland.[2] After attending Visitation of the BVM Grade School and Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, he studied at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, from where he obtained Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees.[1]


Slattery was ordained to the priesthood by John Cardinal Cody on April 26, 1966,[3] and then served as associate pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in South Holland until 1971.[1] During this time, he also earned a Master's degree from Loyola University. He was Vice-President (1971–76) and President (1976–94) of the Catholic Church Extension Society, a Chicago-based funding agency for the American home missions.[1] While working at Extension, he was named associate pastor at the inner-city Hispanic parish of St. Rose of Lima on the south side of Chicago in 1973.[1] He later served as pastor of St. Rose of Lima from 1976 to 1989.[1]

Episcopal career

On November 11, 1993, Slattery was appointed the third Bishop of Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Pope John Paul II.[3] He was consecrated on January 6, 1994 by the pope himself, with Archbishops Giovanni Re and Josip Uhac serving as co-consecrators, at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.[3] He selected as his episcopal motto: "Tu Solus Sanctus", meaning, "You alone are the Holy One."[2] As bishop, Slattery serves as the spiritual leader of over 56,000 Catholics in Eastern Oklahoma.


Illegal immigrants

In 2006, Slattery said that if a law was passed criminalizing the act of aiding illegal immigrants "then [he] will become a criminal," adding, "When it becomes a crime to love the poor and serve their needs, then I will be the first to go to jail for this crime, and I pray that every priest and every deacon in this diocese will have the courage to walk with me into that prison."[4] In 2007, he issued a 21-page pastoral letter in which he condemned Oklahoma House Bill 1804, a strict anti-illegal immigration law which Slattery claimed creates "an atmosphere of repression and terror."

Pro-choice politicians

During the 2008 presidential election, Slattery criticized the Catholic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senator Joe Biden for their remarks on abortion on Meet the Press, describing their positions as "clearly inconsistent with Catholic teaching" and "plainly false."[5]

'Ad orientem' liturgy

Bishop Slattery has returned to the practice of celebrating the Eucharistic liturgy ad orientem in his cathedral. He explained in his diocesan newspaper that this liturgical orientation had a number of significant advantages over the versus populum form of celebrating the Mass. In addition, on April 24, 2010, Bishop Slattery celebrated the first Solemn Pontifical High Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in over 45 years.[6][7]

Statement on Contraceptive mandates

On February 2, 2012, Bishop Slattery released a statement in response to the Contraceptive mandates promulgated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Slattery joined other bishops in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in opposing the mandate.[8]


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  6. ^ Oklahoma bishop explains return to ad orientem worship
  7. ^ National Catholic Reporter: "Okla. bishop no longer faces people at Mass" August 28, 2009
  8. ^ Bishop Slattery's statement in response to HHS mandate
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Eusebius J. Beltran
Bishop of Tulsa
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