Notice the word "reign" regarding our Holy Father. The tone of this article shows invincible ignorance on the part of the author and Jackie Yerby, who was on the board of Catholic Charities for six years and now hopes the Pope Francis will change Church doctrine.
They both don't understand the relationship for eternity that we are all bound for. No matter if our children or parent or best friend are homosexual, they are always loved, but their sexual behavior would always be against Church teaching if they say they are Catholic.
Pope Francis can't change this teaching. It is Christ's. Catholics believe this. Get over it.
"Since Pope Francis began his reign as the head of the Catholic Church
a year ago, he's sounded a more welcoming tone toward gays. But it
hasn't led to a change in church doctrine opposing same-sex marriage --
and that's reflected in the potential ballot fight over the issue in Oregon.
Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample told his pastoral staff last
month that the Archdiocese of Portland and the Baker Diocese would join
the coalition opposing the same-sex marriage initiative.
In a Feb. 12 memo,
Sample directed his staff to "do whatever they can to help support this
effort" and said that "it is my intention to commit the energies of the
Church to help defeat this initiative and to uphold the uniqueness and
sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman."
The memo was first publicly mentioned by the Los Angeles Times in a report on the fight over gay marriage in Oregon.
The archbishop's missive didn't come as a surprise to Jackie Yerby, a
Portland parishioner and lead organizer for a new group called Catholic Oregonians for Marriage Equality.
much as I am hopeful about Pope Francis and the tone he is setting for
the Catholic Church," she said, "it is going to take a while for that to
really take root."
Yerby, who served on the board of Catholic
Charities of Portland for six years, said members of her group plan to
show up for the Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral and other
churches with large buttons proclaiming their membership in the marriage
Yerby said her group doesn't see it as a protest
so much as a "public witness" of their views. "We want to say, 'We
exist, we're one of you and we do this out of how we understand our
faith,'" she explained."
-- Jeff Mapes