From the Oregonian:
Portland Archdiocese joins anti-gay marriage effort; lay group plans Ash Wednesday action
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. [Their effort to pit Francis against Archbp. Sample. And it's "homosexuals", not "gays".] But it hasn’t led to a change in church doctrine opposing same-sex marriage [It's not "marriage", either.] — 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. [OORAH! They are going to suffer, but OORAH!]
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.“ [Do I hear an "Amen!"?]
The memo was first publicly mentioned by the Los Angeles Times in a report on the fight over gay marriage in Oregon. [Someone leaked it.]
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. [Here it comes....]
“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.” [Pit Francis against Sample. What class.]
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. [They must be denied Holy Communion if they do that.]
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. [Not a protest? Suuuure, it isn't. They can call their action "bar tending", "reef snorkeling" or "naked hot yoga" if they want to, but it is still a protest against the Church's teachings.]
Fr. Z stands with Archbp. Sample and Bp. Cary.
They are going to suffer. I commend them, and all working to defend marriage, to your prayers this Lent. Start making a list.