Portland, Ore., Jul 2, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Faithful from in and around Portland, Ore. filled St. Mary’s Cathedral to overflowing on June 28 for Archbishop Alexander Sample’s Mass consecrating the archdiocese to Our Lady of Fatima. The Mass and consecration, celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, were offered particularly for the strengthening of marriage and family life. “Marriage and family life are in a real crisis. We make this consecration to her to watch over our families and marriages. Families need Our Lady’s love and protection,” the Archbishop said during the homily, according to the Catholic Sentinel. Todd Cooper, Special Assistant to Archbishop Sample, told CNA June 30 that Pope Francis’ consecration of his papacy to Our Lady of Fatima, as well as his consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, spurred Archbishop Sample to do the same for Portland. “That kind of planted a seed for him,” Cooper said, “and he has a strong Marian devotion.” Read more
Is this something Catholics should ask the Scottish Bishops to do – consecrate each diocese to Our Lady of Fatima? I’m already on record with my impatience that everything and everywhere seems to be consecrated but the one place Our Lady specifically asked to be consecrate – Russia – by the Pope and all the bishops of the world in union with him. However, things are worsening steadily. Should we be asking our bishops to follow the example of the above American Archbishop? Would they follow his example? Is it worth a try?