Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 29, 2023 / 12:35 pm
The Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, has temporarily shut down its Department of Catholic Schools, but a diocesan statement says it was unrelated to an ongoing feud between teachers and parents with Archbishop Alexander Sample about gender ideology and the use of preferred pronouns.
An archdiocesan spokesperson told CNA that the archdiocese is reevaluating how to evangelize given a changing environment.
“The Department of Catholic Schools is temporarily closed as we work to reevaluate how to best integrate schools more fully into our mission,” Douglas Markwell, the archdiocese’s director of marketing and communications, told CNA.
“Our Catholic schools are an essential part of our mission of evangelization,” Markwell continued. “They serve a vital role in teaching, witnessing to, and spreading the Gospel. We have seen great changes in the environment in which our schools operate, but the importance of the mission and our dedication to our families is unchanging.”