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Bishops weigh in on youth-related legislation

Concerns include financial aid for higher education, abortion mandate, toxic toys, sexual abuse education and juvenile sentencing Legislation which would expand eligibility for financial aid for higher education passed the state House with a wide margin on March 13.

'Workers in the Field' feeding the poor

LAKEWOODBy Jean Parietti St. John Bosco gardeners honored for harvesting more than 5,000 pounds of produce last year In 1994, Rita Kuklish looked around the grounds of St. John Bosco Parish, saw three acres of vacant land and envisioned a vegetable garden to feed the hungry.

Sexual abuse education bill moves forward

Abortion mandate, juvenile sentencing reform also progress Legislation requiring schools to create training guides and provide materials on sexual abuse prevention continues to progress through the Washington State Legislature.

Venerable Solanus Casey had local ties

On a hot July morning in 1987, Holy Names Sister Anne Herkenrath stood by the grave of her great-uncle Father Solanus Casey, who had been buried 30 years previously. The cause for his canonization had recently begun, and Sister Anne was one of two family members invited to witness the…

Abortion bill a threat to religious liberty, federal funds

Bishops support spending for farmworker housing, toxic chemicals ban, parental notification for abortions. The Washington State House of Representatives’ Health and Wellness Committee held a hearing on Jan. 31 regarding legislation that would make Washington the first state to require insurance plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortions.

Life issues, safety-net top legislative agenda

With a $2 billion deficit looming, the state’s bishops advocate for the poor, vulnerable and unborn Defeating legislation that would mandate abortion coverage in health insurance plans and preserving funding for safety-net services will be top priorities for the bishops of Washington state during the 105-day state legislative session, which…