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

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: - 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" ?