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Roses from Ruth for Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon, Commendation

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Ruth Institute commends Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon, for his clear and humane teaching about marriage, and his clear interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. We believe our world needs to hear his prophetic words.

“The indissolubility of marriage is a precious and essential teaching of the Church, revealed by Jesus and cherished in our unbroken Tradition… The marriage bond is indissoluble because the Gospel covenant is indissoluble, for the sacrament signifies Christ’s permanent union with his Church.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization dedicated to finding Christ-like solutions to the problems of family breakdown. Literally every day, the Ruth Institute hears from people who have been harmed by divorce and other forms of family breakdown. Straying from Jesus’s teaching on the permanence of marriage has devastated millions of children and deserted spouses. We want the Archbishop to know that these wounded souls deeply appreciate his words.

We also commend Archbishop Sample for his clarity regarding three possible misuses of the Holy Father’s Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.

  • Misuse One: Conscience Legitimizes Actions Contravening Divine Commandments.
  • Misuse Two: Under Certain Conditions Divine Prohibitions Admit of Exceptions.
  • Misuse Three: Human Frailty Exempts from Divine Command.

Time has shown the Archbishop’s foresight in this area. Many people continue to be confused and are misusing the Holy Father’s words in exactly these ways.

The Ruth Institute dreams of the day when every child will be welcomed into a loving home with a married mother and father. Archbishop Sample’s clear teachings protect the interests of children, as well as the interests of men and women in lifelong married love.

As a sign of support for Archbishop Sample, the Ruth Institute offers these roses and our prayers for him and for everyone in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.

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