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



David Wendell said...

Many of the "peace and justice" folks believe in the "seamless garment" perspective on life issues.I agree with the following statement:

According to writer Joseph Sobran, "the seamless garment has turned out to be nothing but a loophole for hypocritical Catholic politicians. If anything", he adds, "it has actually made it easier for them than for non-Catholics to give their effective support to legalized abortion—that is, it has allowed them to be inconsistent and unprincipled about the very issues that Cardinal Bernardin said demand consistency and principle".

Regarding the Church's position on the death penalty and just war, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) wrote in 2004 that Catholics could have a legitimate diversity of opinions on those matters, but NOT on abortion or euthanasia.

VOCAL said...

I totally agree with you. This allows pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality activity folks an out in not really thinking with the Mind of the Church.

Mary ann said...

Hello my angelic, once our Archbishop is aware of this....can he not stop it or at least release a statement of disapproval...which would help the confusion?

Your loyal reader.

VOCAL said...

What kind words, I don't know what to say. There are some who believe I'm anything but "angelic".

To answer your question. The VOCAL Oregonian who alerted me to Thomas "let there be women priests" Groome is trying to find a way to get in touch with the Archbishop.

He's in a tough spot and it will take time for him to implement things. However, this is his turf and he could probably do something.

Us little folk need to feel like we can walk into the pastoral center without feeling like aliens.

Krua said...

I will pray for him...but, I was impressed with his strong, no nonsense & steadfast voice. I don't think they will get far with him. He has an Army general's disposition, very serious with leadership qualities! He will see the Pope soon too so he has friends in 'high' places! I saw his courage, and besides God is with him! Just the same, praying with him in mind!

VOCAL said...

Archbishop Sample does have that quiet strength that is our joy. You are so right I love your description.

It was so nice to see you at the Installation. Thanks for the Pope bumper sticker that was so nice of you.

I pray his Holy Boldness will be infectious. God Bless.

Kathleen said...

While our Archbishop cannot know every little workshop or lecture going on in this entire diocese (unless he implements an advance approval procedure...?), he is responsible to know of events formally endorsed and sponsored by his own staff under his nose. It's Day 18 on the job. I hold him fully accountable if the Tobin Lecture (which he surely knows about) features Just Faith. Because Just Faith is USCCB-endorsed, it would take quite a bit of audacity for him to order another speaker at this time. But also a worthwhile effort.