PORTLAND, OREGON - June 16, 2013 - Parishioners from St. Andrew's Catholic Church march in the 2013 Portland Pride Parade in Portland on Sunday. The Archbishop Alexander K. Sample discouraged parishioners from marching with signs bearing the parish's name, but the group stood by their 17-year commitment to Portland's gay community. Molly J. Smith/The OregonianOf course, in typical double-speak, the dissenters said that they weren't really being disobedient in their disobedience. They were "following their conscience" - which appears to be malformed.
I think many of the faithful will be watching to see what the consequences will be. Please pray for Archbishop Sample, that he will be holy and heroic in his defense of the faith.
See also "The Battle Begins In Portland".
A commenter suggested that I write a letter of support to the Archbishop. Good idea! And anyone else can do the same. The address of the archdiocese is:
Archdiocese of Portland
2838 East Burnside St.
While on the pilgrimage to the Vatican to receive the pallium, Archbishop Sample will keep in touch with Catholics of the Archdiocese of Portland via social media - Twitter and Facebook - beginning June 23