Same-sex-attracted get boost in Oregon . . .

. . . where the archbishop is having a heart for those (and their families) who want to live right.

The first initiative proposed for the Archdiocese of Portland was establishing the ministries of Courage and Encourage, which together provide a support network for same-sex attracted persons who are looking for chaste ways to live their lives, as well as their families.

“We must respond with love, respect and sensitivity to these persons and their families,” Sample said, according to the Catholic Sentinel.

. . . meanwhile pushing a program to strengthen married couples and their families.

The second new effort within the archdiocese was “for our local Church to do a better job of preparing people for marriage.”

Sample said marriage prep begins in youth, through religious education and the ways children grow to view marriage through high school, college and adulthood. He also noted that the archdiocese would be seeking out programs that would best fit existing parish and vicariate-level preparation programs.

and yet more, all

in response to the Church’s 2014 and 2015 worldwide synods of bishops on the topic of marriage, which the archbishop noted was a “major priority for the whole Church throughout the world.”

The very synods which some cardinals and the pope used in effect to strengthen something else — approval of communion for divorced and remarried.

via Portland archbishop celebrates marriage Mass after call for new family initiatives

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