Almost all Catholics attached to the traditional Latin Mass want unity with the church and with Pope Francis and bear no ill will against the church’s current liturgical forms.

That’s the assessment of Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample, one of the bishops who has mingled most with devotees of what Pope Benedict XVI called “the extraordinary form” of the Mass.

The comments came in a July 30 talk livestreamed from the archbishop’s home chapel in Northwest Portland. It was two weeks after Pope Francis restricted new use of the traditional Latin Mass. The pope said the extraordinary form has caused a rift among Catholics.

Calling himself “a son of the church” who is in deep communion with Pope Francis, Archbishop Sample said he will respect the pope’s new law while being as merciful and generous as he can with those who attend the Masses. This installment of the archbishop’s Chapel Chat drew almost 10,000 views.

Pope Francis, in a note to bishops that accompanied the July 16 letter, said gracious attempts by St. John Paul II and especially Pope Benedict in 2007 to reach those who prefer the pre-Vatican II rite were “exploited to widen the gaps, reinforce the divergences, and encourage disagreements that injure the Church, block her path, and expose her to the peril of division.”

Pope Francis issued his letter after surveying bishops of the world, including Archbishop Sample, who said he is grieved that some people have responded with disrespect toward Pope Francis after release of the letter “Traditionis custodes.” The archbishop said that Catholics need to know that the pope has a universal perspective of the church and can observe trends that are hard to see from a more local perspective.

More than 99% of the time, the archbishop celebrates the rite that emerged from Vatican II deliberations, which aimed to return the Eucharist to its roots in the earliest Christian homes. But he also has celebrated the ancient traditional Latin Mass in Oregon and other parts of the world since 2007 and said it has had a profound effect on him. He has been impressed with devotees of the extraordinary form.

“I find the folks to be very loving people, very dedicated people, dedicated to the church, loving the church, loving the faith,” the archbishop said. “This is their liturgical preference. This is a liturgy that has spoken to them in a very deep and powerful way. It isn’t just old people who are nostalgic for the past. Most of the people I now experience at the traditional Latin Mass are young people, young couples with many children.”