Frank Cordaro

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Frank Cordaro
Born1951 (age 69–70)

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.[1][2] Max McElwain calls him a Christian anarchist, and Cordaro frequently participates in peace rallies involving civil disobedience.[3] 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.[4][5]


Cordaro grew up in Des Moines, and went to the University of Northern Iowa where he was a wrestler.[2] 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.[6]


  1. ^ Rev. Frank Cordaro to leave priesthood, National Catholic Reporter, August 13, 2003. Accessed on line December 20, 2007.
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ State v. Hutchison, 721 N.W.2d 776 (Iowa 2006)
  4. ^ 'Dr Strangeloves' meet to plan new nuclear era, Julian Borger, The Guardian, August 7, 2003. Accessed on line December 20, 2007.
  5. ^ Annual anti-nuke rally held outside Offutt, Jennifer Greff, Omaha World-Herald, December 29, 2006.
  6. ^ The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Recipients List Archived February 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

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  • Frank Cordaro's writings and a short biography can be found here.
  • A video of Frank Cordaro discussing Christian Anarchism and peace activism can be found here on YouTube.