|Residence||Des Moines, Iowa|
Frank Cordaro (born 1951) is a peace activist and co-founder of the Des Moines, Iowa Catholic Worker group. He frequently attends protests and gives lectures at school and community events in Nebraska and Iowa. He was a Roman Catholic priest from 1985 until leaving the priesthood in 2003 for personal reasons, including his wish to be released from the vow of celibacy. He is known as a Christian anarchist and frequently participates in peace rallies involving civil disobedience. He has been sentenced to at least eight six-month terms in federal jail for trespassing onto military bases and federal buildings during demonstrations, most often at Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska.
Cordaro grew up in Des Moines, and went to the University of Northern Iowa where he was a wrestler. During his period as a priest and since he has been an outspoken critic of some aspects of the Catholic Church, including advocating the ordination of women into priesthood.
He was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award in November 1990.
- Rev. Frank Cordaro to leave priesthood, National Catholic Reporter, August 13, 2003. Accessed on line December 20, 2007.
- Priest jailed for nuclear weapons protest: he calls local churches 'moral cheerleaders' for Air Force mission - Fr. Frank Cordaro of Council Bluffs, Iowa - Interview, Mike Palecek, National Catholic Reporter, January 6, 1995. Accessed on line December 20, 2007.
- State v. Hutchison, 721 N.W.2d 776 (Iowa 2006)
- 'Dr Strangeloves' meet to plan new nuclear era, Julian Borger, The Guardian, August 7, 2003. Accessed on line December 20, 2007.
- Annual anti-nuke rally held outside Offutt, Jennifer Greff, Omaha World-Herald, December 29, 2006.
- The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Recipients List
- "Priest released after serving 5 months for nuke protest", Chicago Sun-Times, September 13, 1988.
- Max McElwain, "Practicing Christian anarchy. (Father Frank Cordaro.)" The Progressive, May 1, 1993.
- "Priest Vows to Continue Protesting", Associated Press, April 28, 1995.
- Pamela Schaeffer, "Priest threatened with excommunication. (Frank Cordaro of Lacona, IA held a forbidden mass for members at a Call to Action conference)" National Catholic Reporter, July 18, 1997.
- "Priest takes leave for 'acting up'", Associated Press, June 6, 1999.
- Kate Gurnett, "Protester-Priest's Politics Have Landed Him In Jail." Albany Times Union, February 14, 2000.
- Aarons Dakarai, "Activist priest to leave church", Des Moines Register, August 5, 2003. (subscription required)
- Abby Simons, "Cordaro, no longer a priest, remains a dedicated activist", Des Moines Register, August 11, 2004. (subscription required)
- Mary Nevans-Pederson, "Activist urges Christians to shun war; Former priest says Jesus embraced pacifism, not the "just-war' theory", Telegraph Herald, April 7, 2005.
- "Former Des Moines priest says prison has not weakened resolve", Associated Press, August 27, 2006.
- "Occupy Des Moines Steps Onto the Political Stage", PBS NewsHour, January 3, 2012.
- Regina Zilbermints, "Occupy Des Moines leaders thrust into spotlight", Des Moines Register, December 31, 2011.