Installation masses usually present people from different beliefs and also community leaders to a new Archbishop. But this was truly a EMO parade that was embarrassing to those of us who know the history of this Archdiocese. At the beginning at the procession it looked like Venice Beach in the sixties to me. Lots of bright colors and various nationalities displayed. This was all well and good, even to be expected. However, it was capped off with women in priest collars and a man/woman looking like Pope John Paul II, all in white and gold complete with zucchetto, sitting directly in front of the cathedra. No Baptists in sight.
Archbishop Emeritus Vlazny's first words were a joke that, to me and others, went over like a lead balloon with Archbishop Sample, although some penned, "he beamed". Even as this event was at the Chiles Center and not the Cathedral, the spirit of an Installation is more solemn. His Eminence, Cardinal Levada, watched as the woman he hired as Chancellor, Mary Jo Tully, displayed the Papal Bull, for all to see. She was holding it as if she were showing what round it was in a boxing match. The "Ecumenist of the Year" did her solo performance for her beloved Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Sorry that this seems uncharitable. It is what we saw at the Installation mass.
The EMO parade was then introduced to Archbishop Sample, who took it all in stride. His homily and holy boldness hopefully pricked their consciences for those garbed in Roman clerical dress.
|AB Sample during Tridentine Mass|
In the procession the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon folks well honored. This was "ecumenical" but were there any pro-life, pro-family churches seen? Were there any Baptists or Evangelicals. They don't agree with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's anti-life, anti-family stance and distance themselves because of this. But, were they there?
It must be hard to have a changing of the guard after fifteen years. I felt compassion for Archbishop Emeritus Vlazny who did a great job, even with the little joke. We all agreed on this and also that Bishop Steiner wasn't his jolly self at all. As with men and their "jobs", a younger "boss" is sometimes hard to take. Even with women, just to be, well, even.
Our observations may seem unacceptable to many, but for decades the unacceptable alliance with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon has infiltrated most aspects of our Oregon Catholic lives.
The Archdiocese of Portland is going to go through a transformation, we pray. The world is going through lots of changes and the church is championing many of these changes. We need a strong man of God at the helm to help Oregon Catholics see the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Welcome Archbishop Sample. You transcended all the old ways presented at your Installation. This is the main thing that we saw at your Installation.