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Parishes join Portland's Gay Pride parade despite archbishop's directive

Catholic World News - June 17, 2013

Several Catholic parishes in Portland, Oregon, sent representatives to the city's Gay Pride parade on June 16, in defiance of a directive from Archbishop Alexander Sample.

Although the archbishop had said that parishes should not be identified with the parade, photos of the event showed a banner from St. Andrew's parish, which had announced that it would send a contingent. At least three other Portland parishes were expected to send delegations, according to parade organizers.

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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Jun. 18, 2013 6:20 PM ET USA

    Archbishop Sample should make an example of this St Andrew's parish and close it down. That would be a warning shot across the bows of any other parishes who think they can cock a snook at the Magisterium of the Church.

  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 18, 2013 8:23 AM ET USA

    Sounds like some Portland parishes need pastors instead of cheerleaders for the homosexual community. Being a "welcoming parish" does not mean that a parish can abandon Church teaching!

  • Posted by: Ken - Jun. 17, 2013 10:38 PM ET USA

    CatholicCulture - please follow up on this event and provide an update. It will be interesting to hear what the Archbishop does next in the face of this defiance.

  • Posted by: Biscjim - Jun. 17, 2013 9:15 PM ET USA

    Interesting, and our traditionalist parishes are being accused of being schismatic.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 17, 2013 9:08 PM ET USA

    Better not to speak at all, then to speak, be defied, and then do nothing... JP

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jun. 17, 2013 8:14 PM ET USA

    This is a test for newly arrived Archbishop Sample. Will he take vigorous action vis-a-vis these pastors or, scandalously, let it slide??

  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Jun. 17, 2013 7:59 PM ET USA

    Let's just wait and see what Archbishop Sample does. I can guarantee he won't ignore the defiance.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 17, 2013 7:44 PM ET USA

    I got caught in one of these parades while at a convention in San Francisco about two decades ago. It was a horrible, even terrifying experience, full of ugliness and simulated perversion.

  • Posted by: Jim.K - Jun. 17, 2013 7:21 PM ET USA

    It is good that the Bishop SAID something. Now, will he actually DO something? Or is he just walking on both sides of the street? Is he a true Catholic leader or just someone seeking to be popular with "everybody" ?

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