Archbishop Alexander Sample has a no-nonsense approach to catechesis (teaching the faith) and moral teaching that have made him a favorite speaker at conferences around the world. Archbishop Sample is particularly knowledgable and vocal on the documents of Vatican II and is at the forefront of making sure they are correctly implemented in his Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon and throughout the United States as a member of the USCCB.
The Archbishop has shown himself to be willing to publicly defend the Church: He joined his brother bishops in criticizing the Health and Human Services’ mandate and said in January that he was willing to go to jail in protest against it to defend religious liberty. In 2009, he decried the University of Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Barack Obama.
And, on Feb. 14, he released a letter on sacred music titled “Rejoice in the Lord Always,” concerning the purpose and nature of music within the Mass. Using documents from the Second Vatican Council such as Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy) and the writings of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the archbishop-designate contends that liturgical music must be sacred, beautiful and universal.
He also describes how a sense of reverence can be restored to the celebration of the Eucharist through the practical application of the actual written intent of the Council Fathers.