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Archbishop welcomes Pope Francis' teaching on family life
Official statement from Archbishop Alexander Sample on Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation: "Amoris Laetitia" (The Joy of Love)
Archbishop's schedule
Friday, April 15 — Celebration of the Holy Mass and Installation of New Leadership Team, Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, The Grotto, 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 17 — Celebration of the Holy Mass and Confirmation, University of Portland Christ the Teacher Chapel, Portland, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, April 18 — Vespers Service, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19 — Celebration of the Holy Mass and Visitation of the Brigittine Monastery, Amity, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, April 20 — Celebration of the Holy Mass and Confirmation, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 21 — Celebration of the Holy Mass and Confirmation, St. John the Baptist Church, Milwaukie, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 — Archdiocesan Youth Pilgrimage Walk; Celebration of the Holy Mass, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 — Celebration of the Holy Mass and Confirmation, St. Agatha Church, Portland, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26 — Meeting of the Catechism Subcommittee, Chicago, Noon
Wednesday, April 27 — Archbishop’s Seminary Tea, Portland Golf Club, 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 28 — Abbatial Blessing of Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, Mount Angel Abbey Church, 2 p.m.; Celebration of the Holy Mass and Confirmation, St. Mary’s Church, Mount Angel, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 — Knights of Columbus State Convention, Necrology Mass and Banquet, Red Lion Hotel, Salem, 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 — Graduation Commencement Ceremonies, University of Portland, 10 a.m.; Celebration of the Holy Mass and Confirmation, St. James Church, McMinnville
Monday, May 2 — Celebration of the Holy Mass and Confirmation, Sacred Heart Church, Newport, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3 — Celebration of the Holy Mass and Confirmation, St. Cecilia’s Church, Beaverton, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4 — Celebration of the Holy Mass and Confirmation, St. Patrick’s Church, Canby, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 5 — Mount Angel Board Meeting, St. Benedict, 1 p.m.

Most Rev. Alexander Sample
Archbishop of Portland

I am very grateful to our Holy Father Pope Francis for his deep and thoughtful teaching on marriage and family life which he has presented to us in his Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”). It is quite obvious that Pope Francis has reflected carefully and prayed over the input and discussions that took place during the last two Synods of Bishops dedicated to this vitally important topic.

While “Amoris Laetitia” does not contain any change in the Catholic Church’s teaching or discipline regarding marriage and family life, Pope Francis does seek to orient the Church toward a new and invigorated pastoral approach, especially toward those in difficult and wounded situations. For this we can all be grateful. He once again uses the image of the Church as a “field hospital”, seeking to help bind up the wounds of couples and families in need of special care.

At the same time, the Holy Father holds up before us the beauty and dignity of marriage and family life as it comes to us from the hand of our Creator and as revealed in Sacred Scripture and the living Tradition of the Church. “Amoris Laetitia” must be read within this context, taking into account especially the papal teaching of recent Popes, especially St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. This continuity is essential to a proper reading and understanding of this contribution of Pope Francis.

The Exhortation is long and will take time for us to read, reflect upon and put into practice. In fact, Pope Francis himself asks us to read it “patiently and carefully,” and not in a rushed manner. At some point in the not too distant future I hope to provide further guidance on its teaching and application here in the Archdiocese of Portland. In the meantime, I hope married couples and families will find hope and encouragement in our Holy Father’s beautiful words.

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