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" ?