Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What Some of Us Saw at Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass.

Reflecting on the Installation mass of Archbishop Alexander Sample, many people had the same impression:  it was the "last hurrah" to display pro-abortion/pro-homosexual Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) .  They were front and a little left of center of our new Archbishop, in more ways than one. 

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
The Lord seemed to give us a "sign" that things would be okay when the acolyte raised the Archbishop's sleeve as he incensed the altar.  The bastion of allowing barely any Tridentine Masses and letting there be opportunities for a solemn mass seemed to be breaking through...a new evangelization. No "muto proprio" here.

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. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Archdiocese of Portland. Trying to Undermine Archbishop Sample Already?

Archbishop Alexander King Sample III has just arrived in Portland and already the Archdiocese of Portland is bringing in two men of questionable motives: Jack Jezrell of JustFaith Ministries in May and Thomas "let there be women priests" Groome in June. Groome will be at the Chiles Center just before the Archbishop is in Rome to receive his Pallium from Pope Francis.

For those of us who love the Truth of the Catholic Church, putting these conferences and talks on isn't fair to  Archbishop Sample who probably wouldn't approve.  People are confused enough and about the True teachings of Holy Mother Church.


May: Jack Jezrell.  The USCCB approves of JustFaith but we disagree with this as authentically Catholic teaching.

Wednesday May 15: 24th Annual Tobin Lecture "St. Francis, Pope Francis, and a Vision for the 21st Century Parish".  Keynote Speaker Jack Jezreel, Executive Director of JustFaith Ministries.
7:00 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 3847 NE Glisan, Portland 97232. (Light refreshments and gathering begin at 6:30 p.m.) Click here for flyer
From the Office of Life, Justice and Peace

"JustFaith claims it will “energiz[e] social ministry.” Along with scores of other dioceses, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has been inviting interested Catholics to participate in this expensive program – the registration fee $250 each year for each participant, who must each buy a set of 11-13 books each year, costing $115-$125.
The 30-week program also requires showing 14-16 videos every year at a cost of $300-$350 and recommends additional speakers, who are available, of course, for a stipend… not to mention the costs accrued from mandatory weekend retreats.
Expense isn’t the issue, however – the product is. JustFaith is a liberationist propaganda vehicle, a “conversion-based process”, to train participants to “become advocates for justice.”1
Eddie Roth, an editorial writer for the Post-Dispatch, writes in his blog that the program (which he likes, by the way) draws from Fred Kammer’s Doing FaithJustice.
What Roth describes is a classic liberationist (Marxist) perspective in which the religious tradition is distorted to “reveal” class antagonisms and a “need” to restructure society along Marxist lines." 
Stephanie Block Catholic Media Coalition.  "Justice in Pieces': JustFaith Part 1-18
June:          Thomas "let there be women priests" Groome.

Mary Jo Tully and Thomas Groome are both connected with the Sadlier Publishing company. 
The conference will begin on Thursday, June 20, 2013 with an opening Mass, a welcome reception, and a keynote address by Dr. Thomas Groome from the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College

We know that Archbishop Sample can't stop every threat we face.  We know that "the weeds grow with the wheat" and life cannot be perfect.

We are so thankful for a new Shepherd that will show our souls the way to heaven and be with Christ eternally. 

Archdiocese of Portland
Office of Justice and Peace. Matt Cato
2838 E Burnside St  Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-5334

Rev. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., President
University of Portland
5000 N Willamette Blvd  Portland, OR 97203
(503) 943-8000


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Archbishop Sample's Installation Homily, April 2, 2013

As one of the first in line with so many other pilgrims at the Chiles Center, I could have gone home early, my joy was complete, because around an hour into waiting in that line, out of the doors flowed a most beautiful image.  A tall, thin, beautiful inside and out, Archbishop Sample with the biggest smile on his face. 
Stunned for a moment at this most wonderful gift, he was then lovingly "attacked" by a kiss of his ring and a most wonderful grasp on his left arm that was hard to let go.  He was gracious, appreciative and we were truly in the presence of a Christ-like man. 

Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample
Archbishop of Portland in Oregon

Praised be Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, who lives and reigns forever.

It is in the true spirit of Easter joy that I greet all of you here as the newly installed
shepherd of God’s flock in western Oregon.

I wish to express my gratitude to His Eminence, Cardinal Levada, a former
Archbishop of Portland and Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith, for gracing us with his presence today.

I am most appreciative for the presence of His Excellency, Archbishop ViganĂ²,
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, who has presented the papal bull
appointing me Archbishop of this local Church and who has formally installed me
as its chief shepherd. Your Excellency, your presence with us today brings a
special closeness of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and reminds us all that we
are part of the universal Church of Jesus Christ.

I want to thank and acknowledge a very special person to all of us, Archbishop
Vlazny. I want to thank you, Your Excellency, for the very kind and gracious
welcome you extended to me to this Archdiocese from the moment of our first
telephone conversation after my appointment here. But most of all, on behalf of
the entire Church of the Archdiocese, I want to thank you for your faithful and
beautiful ministry as its shepherd for all of these past 15 years.

My brother bishops, priests and deacons, dear consecrated religious, my dear
brothers and sisters in Christ, and all people of good will, to you I repeat the
words of the psalm: “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and
be glad in it!”

I say this not because of the installation of a new Archbishop, but because Jesus
Christ has risen from the dead. He is alive, he loves us, he calls us to faithful
discipleship, and he asks us to be witnesses of his resurrection before the world.
You see, there is the danger on such an occasion to think that this is somehow
all about your new Archbishop or this local Church. We must always keep our
eyes fixed on Jesus. It is not about me. It is always about him, and we must
never lose sight of that.

In these readings from the Acts of the Apostles which the Church gives us during
these first days of the Easter octave we have St. Peter, in the power of the Holy
Spirit on the day of Pentecost, standing before the people and proclaiming Jesus
Christ, as risen from the dead.

His is truly a bold and fearless proclamation of the Good News meant for all
those whom God calls. He is fulfilling the mission that Jesus Christ entrusted to
him and the other Apostles.

This is what is needed in the Church today. We need a new Pentecost, a new
outpouring of the Holy Spirit to set our hearts on fire for proclaiming Jesus Christ.
With hearts filled with joy, love and mercy, we must proclaim the Good News.

I come to you as your new Archbishop to announce afresh to you, the disciples of
Jesus Christ, that he is alive! This is good news, not just for the disciples of 2000
years ago, but for us today. It is good news for all people. Jesus is alive and has
become for us the source of eternal life. By his death he has destroyed death,
freed us from the corruption of sin and opened up for us the way to the Kingdom
of Heaven. This is the basic message of salvation and we must never cease to
believe it and proclaim it.

I would like to draw your attention to my episcopal motto: Vultum Christi
contemplari, “to contemplate the face of Christ.” You must know that, for me, this
is more than just a nice phrase. It speaks clearly and directly of my vision for our
work together here in western Oregon.

The inspiration for this motto is taken from the writings of Blessed John Paul II,
specifically from his apostolic letter at the beginning of the new millennium, Novo
Millennio Ineunte and his last encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia.

In Novo Millennio Ineunte, he writes: "’We wish to see Jesus’" (quoting the
Gospel of St. John). This request, addressed to the Apostle Philip by some
Greeks who had made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the Passover, echoes
spiritually in our ears too during this Jubilee Year. Like those pilgrims of two
thousand years ago, the men and women of our own day — often perhaps
unconsciously — ask believers not only to ‘speak’ of Christ, but in a certain
sense to ‘show’ him to them. And is it not the Church's task to reflect the light of
Christ in every historical period, to make his face shine also before the
generations of the new millennium?  Our witness, however, would be hopelessly
inadequate if we ourselves had not first contemplated his face.”

Nemo dat quod non habet! No one can give what one does not have! We
cannot give Jesus Christ to others until we have first come to know him intimately
and profoundly.

In the Gospel today we see Mary Magdalene as the first one to announce the
risen Lord. Jesus tells her to go and tell the other disciples this good news, that
he is alive. And so she does.

But notice that she did not recognize him at first, and that it is only after she has
gazed at him, recognized him, that she is able to proclaim him to the others as
risen from the dead. He called her name and she responded.

But why did she not recognize him at first. This is a question long pondered by
scripture scholars and those who have reflected on the Gospel. Perhaps she
was distracted by her own grief and worry. Maybe she was anxious and preoccupied.

In any case she failed to gaze at him, to really look at him. Is this the case for us
today? Are we so distracted, anxious, fearful and pre-occupied with the business
of daily living that we too have failed to look intently at Jesus, to recognize him, to
contemplate his face?

Before we can proclaim him to others, we too must first recognize him. We must
really see him. We must contemplate his risen face before we can announce him
to others.

We must hear the Lord Jesus call our name, as he called Mary, and as she
recognized him, so must we. But then we must proclaim him!

This Year of Faith, in which this installation of your new Archbishop takes place,
is meant to help us do just that. This year is meant to strengthen our faith by
contemplating Christ’s face and the mystery of our faith in order to prepare us for
the supremely important work of the New Evangelization, the great mission that
is before us. To really set about the work of the New Evangelization in earnest,
however, our faith must first be strengthened.

In his letter to the Church proclaiming this Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI
quoted some powerful words of the great St. Augustine: “Believers strengthen
themselves by believing.” This is a time for strengthening our own faith, so that
we can better witness to the love, the mercy and the truth found in the Lord
Jesus Christ. But we strengthen that faith by believing more firmly and devoutly
that which has been revealed to us by Almighty God in the Sacred Scriptures and
in the living Tradition of the Church.

This will require holiness. We need saints for our own day to be the salt of the
earth, the light of the world, and a leaven in society. We are above all called to
holiness, and our times demand that we answer that call with renewed zeal and

There are many challenges facing us in these times. We are witnessing an
almost unprecedented and increasing radical secularism that seeks to push God
out of the picture, and not just to the margins of society, but even right off the
page of human experience in society today.

We are also facing what Pope Benedict XVI, and now Pope Francis, have called
a dictatorship or tyranny of relativism. There is no longer in our society a
recognition that there are some eternal and unchangeable truths, especially
about the very nature and dignity of the human person. This is a serious
challenge when we can no longer dialogue with our contemporaries from a
common understanding of the innate and essential nature of the human person.
And then there are the challenges of our own making. We cannot hide from the
fact that the scandals that have plagued the Church in recent years have
seriously damaged our standing and credibility in the wider society in which we
seek to proclaim the Gospel of Life. This great Archdiocese has certainly not
been spared this tragedy.

When I refer to these "challenges of our own making," I mean that some of your
leaders, your pastors, your shepherds have seriously let you down and done
grave harm to individuals. We can never express too much sorrow and regret for
the harm that has been done and we must never relax our efforts and our pledge
to help heal victim survivors of sexual abuse and to protect children and young

So it is with humility but with a firm purpose that we go about our renewed efforts
to proclaim the Good News. But we must be strong in our own faith, convinced
of the light and truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As those called to be witnesses to Jesus Christ in the world, we must move
beyond the days of doubting and questioning our Catholic Faith, wringing our
hands in the face of so many difficulties and challenges. In the face of so many
challenges today, how will we ever convince the world of Jesus Christ if we
ourselves are not convinced?

We must witness and speak of our faith before others with confidence and clarity
and with the greatest charity. But speak of Jesus Christ and our faith, we must.
And we must not forget that which will our greatest witness to Jesus Christ, and
that is the love, the mercy and the compassion that we show toward those who
suffer; the poor, the marginalized, the abandoned, the lonely and forgotten. The
modern day “widows and orphans” that Sacred Scripture admonishes us to care
for. How beautifully our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, is showing us the way
by example.

In the midst of our challenges we must continue to bear witness to the dignity of
human life and every human person from the womb until natural death, the
dignity of marriage and the good of children, a special love for the poor and
marginalized, and religious liberty.

I am so very happy that so many of our ecumenical and interreligious brothers
and sisters have joined us today in this celebration. I will truly value and respect
our friendships and relationships and will work hand in hand with our brothers
and sisters in promoting the true common good and the dignity of every human

And so, my dear brothers and sisters, it is time, in the words of Blessed John
Paul II to “duc in altum” – to put out into the deep sea of history and to let down
the nets for a catch, leading others to the love of God in Jesus Christ.

“Duc in altum! (Put out into the deep!) These words ring out for us today, and
they invite us to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with
enthusiasm and to look forward to the future with confidence: ‘Jesus Christ is the
same yesterday and today and forever’ Duc in altum! – no matter how difficult or even hopeless the challenges may seem, Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. He is alive and is with us and will make it happen. What he needs is our faith and trust. We repeat the words that Jesus taught to St. Faustina: Jesus, I trust in you!

Now we turn towards the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian
life. We must not merely celebrate so wonderful a mystery. We must be
transformed by and imitate the mystery we celebrate. We must lay down our
lives for God and in service to others, in imitation of Jesus who came not to be
served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for the many.

This is my Body, which is given up for you. This is my Blood which is poured out
for you. As he has done for us, so we must do for one another. Such a heroic
virtue and self-giving is what is needed in our times.

I have been deeply inspired by the holiness, the zeal and missionary fervor of the
first bishop of my former diocese, Venerable Frederic Baraga, whose own heroic
virtue has been recognized for the whole universal Church by Pope Benedict
XVI. He came to the upper Great Lakes region as a missionary and a stranger
from another land. I feel a strong bond with him as I come to you also as a
stranger from another place.
I ask his prayers for me as I take up my new pastoral responsibility among you. They say, “Home is where the heart is.” I know my home will be here, because you will have my heart.

Blessed John Paul wrote in Ecclesia de Eucharistia: “To contemplate the face of
Christ, and to contemplate it with Mary, is the “programme” which I have set
before the Church at the dawn of the third millennium, summoning her to put out
into the deep on the sea of history with the enthusiasm of the new

It is to my Mother and your Mother, Mary Immaculate, the patroness of this great
Archdiocese that I entrust my ministry as your shepherd. May she form in me the
likeness of her Son, Jesus, who is the Good Shepherd.

God bless you, and please pray for me.


I couldn't resist putting this on the blog. Obviously I'm thrilled. Just found this in the Catholic Sentinel...interesting.