Portland, Ore., Mar 24, 2021 / 20:01 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon on Tuesday thanked Pope Francis for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s recent affirmation of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the human person.
“I would like to express gratitude to the Holy Father for the recent statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” Archbishop Sample said March 23.
“All persons are created in the image and likeness of God, have an inherent human dignity, and are worthy of our love and pastoral care. At the same time there are certain actions and relationships (in this case same-sex unions) that cannot be blessed by the Church.”
He reflected that the CDF’s March 15 statement that the Church hasn’t the power to bless same-sex unions “is simply a reaffirmation of the Church’s constant teaching.”
This, Archbishop Sample explained, “is not a matter of discrimination but of honoring the truth of the human person and the dignity of marriage itself.”