Monday, March 17, 2014

New Auxiliary Bishop Named to Archdiocese of Portland...He will wear many hats.

 March 4, 2014 11:46 a.m. | Portland  Sergio Cisneros / OPB

Father Peter Leslie Smith is the new Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Portland. Pope Francis appointed him.

An Auxiliary Bishop assists the Archbishop in confirmations and other tasks.

Archbishop Alexander K. Sample, left, and
newly named Auxiliary Bishop, Father Peter Leslie Smith.
The last time an Auxiliary Bishop was appointed in Portland was thirty-six years ago. The most recent one retired two years ago.

Bishop-elect Smith says he was not expecting the appointment.

I love being out here in the Northwest and serving the presbyterate.  This is where the door opened for me to serve and it’s just an honor and a surprising one to get into this position.”

Bishop-elect Smith is serving as Vicar General and Moderator of Curia for the Archdiocese. He will continue those positions after he is ordained bishop.

The new Auxiliary Bishop was born in South Africa. His ordination is tentatively set for April.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

In Defense of Baby Worship...thanks G.K.

Archbishop Alexander Sample and our new Auxiliary Bishop, Peter Smith, formerly "just" our Vicar General, are asking all Oregon Catholics to sign the petition the ends taxpayer funded abortions.

Father John Reedy on his 100th Birthday. Glory 2 weeks later.
Oregon taxpayer monies contribute to approximately 32 aborted children daily.

While this is sickening, it is even worse because those of us who love life are forced to fund this atrocity.

There is a way to find out if you have signed or not: go to  and look for your name, or your child's or friends.

There is not much more time to make sure that this measure is on the November ballot.

With these two new men leading the Catholic flock into Heaven as their desire, lets double our efforts, especially this Lent, to do everything we can not to be part of the problem and to love each life God has ordained by the very fact of their heartbeat.

"The fascination of children lies in this: that with each of them all things are remade, and the universe is put again upon its trial. As we walk the streets and see below us those delightful bulbous heads, three times too big for the body, which mark these human mushrooms, we ought always to remember that within every one of these heads there is a new universe, as new as it was on the seventh day of creation. In each of those orbs there is a new system of stars, new grass, new cities, a new sea."  GK Chesterton

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Shock to Some: Archbishop Sample Reaffirms Church Teaching Regarding Holy Matrimony. It Begins.

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.

"As 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 equality group.

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

Monday, February 24, 2014

Why The Archbishop's Annual Appeal is Questioned by Some. Have Any Answers Regarding Why There Was Theology Degree Given to Lesbian Witch at Mt. Angel?

This is the time of year when we are asked to give our financial support behind Archdiocesan projects.
Since these are things that need to be addressed, like who makes decisions that aren't even remotely helping our Faith, can someone please start answering valid questions? 
We are fighting the amoral, immorality of our time.  The likes of Frodo Okulam is gaining popularity since she can "perform" marriage ceremonies and has graduated from Oregon "Catholic" institutions. 
Is there anyone that can help with this question?  Any suggestions as to why you don't give to the Appeal or when would you give.  If you have no problem that it welcome too, of course.
The links between Frodo Okulam and Ecumenical Minstries of Oregon, Metropolitan Community Church are still there.  Another link between them. 
We are concerned that no one is minding the store.   Can you help?
Frodo Okulam - Sister Spirit Graduate of Mt. Angel
Answering this question.
"This is not very timely, but I've been curious about something... Is Monsignor Patrick Brennan, now at Cathedral, the same one who conferred a theology degree on Frodo Okulam, lesbian witch at Metropolitan Community Church..... I was involved in some serious "investigations" during those years, and it was a smarmy mess in this Archdiocese (Levada). 
I wonder who vets these people !!   Brennan's tenure at Mt. Angel served to end some vocations and there was abundant scandal; and I find it difficult to believe that he is parochial vicar........ we must remember to pray, I suppose, and not fret over the past.  End of grumble."