- Feb 24, 2021
Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland publicly expressed “great disappointment and frustration” over Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s new statewide restrictions that limit faith gatherings to 25 people.
In popular culture, exorcism often serves as a plot device in chilling films about demonic possession. This month, two Catholic archbishops showed a different face of exorcism – performing the rite at well-attended outdoor ceremonies to drive out any evil spirits lingering after acrimonious protests.
Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample offered a rosary for peace and conducted an exorcism for a city that has witnessed peaceful racial justice protests peppered with riots for more than four months.
Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland visited Southern Oregon Sept. 19-20 to meet some of the hundreds of people who lost homes earlier in the month to powerful wind-driven fires.
As the national spotlight landed on his city and its ongoing protests, Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample July 24 made a plea for citizens to leave violence behind and return to a campaign for racial justice.
In 1993, 39-year-old nuclear engineer Hal Elkins hit the bottle and fell into a jealous rage and shot his girlfriend, Kathryn Linn, and the man she was with, Marvin Eugene Mayer. Within a decade, other inmates would be calling Elkins “the Bishop of OSP.”