Catholics around the world admire Archbishop Sample for many things he has said and done. For example, he is one of a select few bishops in the world who regularly offers traditional Pontifical Masses, at a time when that is definitely a way to ostracize oneself from the halls of power. He was also placed by Benedict XVI in one of the USA’s most liberal dioceses, Portland, and has managed to keep a steady hand on the tiller. The same holds true for Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco.
However, back in November when Governor Kate Brown imposed heavily restrictive measures in Oregon, limiting attendance in ANY church to 25 people at a time—even if the building can hold 300 or 1,000—the reaction of Archbishop Sample was deeply disappointing. After freely admitting that the restrictions are unconstitutional, unjust, and wrong from a Catholic point of view, all he does is verbally protest it. There will be no civil disobedience.
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