Archbishop Alexander K. Sample

Birthday: 7 November 1960

Bachelor’s in Metallurgical Engineering – Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 1982
Master’s in Metallurgical Engineering – Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 1984
Studies in Philosophy – College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 1986
Master’s of Divinity – Pontifical College Josephinum Seminary, Columbus, OH, 1990
Licentiate in Canon Law – Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, 1996

Ordination: 1 June 1990
Episcopate: 25 January 2006
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Archbishop Alexander K. Sample on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • Archbishop Sample wrote in a statement that he felt “anger and disgust” after reading the credible allegations brought forth by Vigano. He called for the allegations to be dealt with “swiftly, justly, and transparently” by an “outside investigation process” with “substantial involvement of lay people.” (Archdiocese of Portland)

Amoris Laetitia

Does not allow Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics
  • In May 2017, Archbishop Sample released guidelines for Amoris Laetitia that rejected the idea Catholics living in adulterous relationships can receive communion. Divorced and civilly-remarried Catholics must “refrain from sexual intimacy,” get an annulment for their previous marriage, marry within the Church, and go to confession if they wish to receive communion, the guidelines stated. (LifeSiteNews)

Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • Archbishop Sample addressed the Roe v. Wade Memorial & March on January 14, 2018. The march took place at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon and featured thousands of pro-lifers. Sample spoke about the miracle of birth and his mother who recently died. (Oregon Right to Life)
  • In April and September of 2017, Archbishop Sample issued two strongly worded directives to priests in his diocese telling them to preach about and help gather signatures for a pro-life petition that would ban taxpayer dollars from being used for abortion. (Archdiocese of Portland)
  • Archbishop Sample spoke at the 2017 Roe v. Wade Memorial & March in January. The march took place at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. (Oregon Right to Life)


Upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • In May 2017, Archbishop Sample issued guidelines that disallowed active homosexuals from receiving Holy Communion. Such persons are living “in sin” and must confess their sins with a “firm purpose to change, before receiving the Holy Eucharist,” Sample wrote. (LifeSiteNews)
  • While serving as Bishop of Marquette, Michigan in 2009, Sample banned a retired auxiliary Bishop from Detroit from speaking to a liberal Catholic group in his Diocese. The auxiliary Bishop was a notorious promoter of contraception, homosexuality, and women’s ordination. (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

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  • While serving as Bishop of Marquette, Michigan in 2008, Bishop Sample joined with the other bishops of Michigan issuing a statement against a ballot proposal that sought to legalize human embryonic stem cell research. The letter said the practice is intrinsically evil and destroys human life at the earliest stage. The letter strongly urged Catholics to vote against the proposal. (Michigan Catholic Conference)

“LGBT” ideology

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  • Shortly after being installed as Archbishop of Portland, Archbishop Sample asked a parish in his archdiocese to no longer endorse Portland’s “LGBT” Pride Parade. The parish, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, had participated in the parade for 17 years and has marched with a banner displaying their parish identity. Sample’s vicar general made clear to the pastor of St. Andrew’s that “this was not an event that St. Andrew’s parish could be in.” (Oregon Live)


Promotes reverent liturgy
  • In a pastoral letter on sacred music, Archbishop Sample promoted reverent liturgy by outlining what what sort of music is liturgically appropriate for Mass. He wrote that the lack of Gregorian chant found in today’s Church is “a situation which must be rectified.” He stated that every parish in his diocese should establish “at least a minimum Gregorian repertoire” which is to be sung in Latin. (Corpus Christi Watershed)
  • In the aftermath of the sex abuse crisis in 2018, Archbishop Sample directed all priests in his diocese to say the St. Michael Prayer after every mass. Sample said the abuse crisis is a “spiritual and moral crisis, even a crisis of faith” that must be combated by “prayer, penance and sacrifice.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • In June of 2018, Archbishop Sample’s Archdiocese released a 3-minute video instructing Catholics on how to properly receive communion reverently, including receiving communion on the tongue. On Facebook, Sample said “Let us bring respect back to the Holy Eucharist.” (Archdiocese of Portland)
  • On June 3, 2018, Archbishop Sample released a 375-page handbook detailing how the mass in his archdiocese is to be celebrated according to proper church rubrics. The guidelines cite Vatican II, Pope Benedict, and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. The instructions are the most comprehensive ever issued by a U.S. archbishop. (National Catholic Register)
  • Archbishop Sample praised Summorum Pontificum during his sermon at a pontifical Solemn Mass in the Traditional Rite at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on April 28th, 2018. (Catholic Herald)
  • At a 2017 conference on the liturgy in Cologne, Germany, Archbishop Sample said “I had been cheated out of my Catholic heritage” upon discovering the “real meaning” of the “Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” He also praised Juventutum groups and said “Once I became comfortable with the Extraordinary Form, one of the thoughts that went through my head was: Now I feel like a priest!” (2SPetrvs)
  • Archbishop Sample spoke at the 2017 Cologne International Liturgical Conference in Germany. Sample celebrated a solemn Pontifical Mass at a former 12th century abbey at the close of the conference. (New Liturgical Movement)
  • Archbishop Sample said mass and gave a lecture titled “The Bishop as Guarantor of the Sacred Liturgy” at the Sacred Liturgy Conference in Portland in October of 2015. During the conference, there were five sung masses in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form. (New Liturgical Movement)
  • In March 2014, Archbishop Sample said a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the end of a three-day conference on the liturgy and Gregorian chant in Amity, Oregon. (Marc Salvatore)
  • At an international liturgical conference in Rome in 2013, Archbishop Sample praised Summorum Pontificum as “one of the greatest gifts that could have been give to the Church in the service of liturgical reform.” Sample also said the liturgical reform called for by Vatican II became “derailed” following the Council. (The Cardinal Newman Society)

Marriage and Family Life

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