Steve Duin: Reconciling the Pope and the Archbishop

The Oregonian

By Steve Duin | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on August 29, 2015

The major independent Catholic institutions in the area – including Marylhurst University, the University of Portland, and high schools like St. Mary’s Academy – have a simple code of conduct:

Live out your faith. And stay off the Archbishop’s radar screen.

Alexander King Sample – who was installed 29 months ago, replacing John G. Vlazny – is more conservative than most Catholics in town. He’s also more alert to challenges to his authority.

That preeminence provides essential context to the Lauren Brown debacle at St. Mary’s. The administration’s attempt to bury the story after her dismissal is a reminder of the tactics that prolonged the priest sexual-abuse crisis, a scandal that should have ended the unforgiving Catholic lectures on sexual morality.

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