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Archdiocese of Portland combats porn

He’s a husband and a father. He goes to Mass every Sunday. But what started off as a peek at a magazine escalated into an out-of-control diet of pornography. Viewing pornography creates “a chemical reaction in the brain,” says Jason Kidd, director of the Portland archdiocesan Marriage and Family Life Office. “In order to achieve the high, you need increasingly large quantities for your brain to get the same response.”  The porn-burdened father who confided in Kidd is not a rare case. “I get phone calls from spouses, from concerned mothers, from young males,” Kidd says. “We know pornography is a problem, but not everyone realizes how big.”

Retiring Veneta pastor tied to Blessed Fr. Solanus Casey

VENETA — Nearly 40 years after his priestly ordination, Father Michael Morrissey will be retiring from archdiocesan work at the end of June. He served as pastor at St. Catherine of Siena Parish here for the past decade. Father Morrissey, once a Capuchin himself, has a close connection to the newly Blessed Capuchin Father Solanus Casey. Father Morrissey attended two high school seminaries operated by American Capuchins in Detroit and New York. He still recalls hearing stories about Father Casey from his high school German teacher, who used to live with the famous Detroit priest.

Marylhurst student earns third degree at 94

Velda Metelmann was born in 1922; Auriana Cook is 22. Both will accept their Marylhurst University diplomas as they join 300-plus degree candidates honored at Marylhurst’s 123rd commencement June 24 at the Oregon Convention Center.  Velda Metelmann, 94, will pick up her third Marylhurst diploma. She earned her bachelor’s in her mid-80s and her master’s in interdisciplinary studies three years ago. Now she has completed a master’s in food systems and society, attending classes predominantly online from her home in King City. 

WATCH: Thanks to Catholic Charities, new tiny houses development opens

With Catholic Charities of Oregon guiding the project, 14 formerly homeless women moved into a village of tiny houses June 10 in North Portland.  “It makes a difference to be able to say, ‘This is my place,’” said Desiree Rose, who lives at a similar grouping on city land a few miles away. Organizers of Kenton Village asked Rose to give advice on the new project, one of four in the city.  

Film of legacy of coal industry set for June 20

"From the Ashes," distributed by National Geographic Documentary Films, will be presented at Holy Trinity Church, 13715 SW Walker Road, Beaverton, on Tuesday, June 20, 7-9 p.m. in the Fireside room.

Priests celebrate milestone anniversaries

Congratulations to priests in the Archdiocese of Portland celebrating their 60th, 50th and 25th jubilees.  Here are their brief biographies and reflections on the priesthood. 

Monks' brews and Swiss cuisine offered at Saint Benedict Festival

SAINT BENEDICT — The monks of Mount Angel Abbey invite the public to visit them during their annual Saint Benedict Festival Saturday, July 8. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their centuries’ old way of life — rooted in a rhythm of work, prayer, and silence — while enjoying an afternoon of food, music and company at the abbey.

St. Joseph confirmation

SALEM — Karina Davila is confirmed by Archbishop Alexander Sample at St. Joseph Parish here May 25. Davila graduated from St. Joseph School in 2016 and now attends Blanchet Catholic High School as a freshman.

Wage theft

As a child in Mexico, Selso Sarabia worked in the fields. So when he came to America, he wanted a job working outside. But about eight years ago, what he found was a landscaping job with a boss who never paid him. Sarabia thought his boss would be a good guy. He was Christian. He asked his workers not to drink and not to smoke. He even played Christian music in the work truck. His workers worked hard: 12- or 13-hour days with no water, no lunches, no breaks and no bathrooms.