Archbishop testifies against insurance mandate

Measure fails to provide a conscience exemption for Catholic church, others morally opposed to abortion In testimony before the Senate Health Care Committee April 1, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain testified that a measure mandating abortion insurance coverage for all who provide maternity care “discriminates unjustly against churches, religious organizations and…

Teaming up to give a wounded veteran a home

Holy Disciples parishioners swung hammers on Saturdays to refurbish an aging mobile home for an Iraq veteran and his family PUYALLUPBy Jean Parietti When Holy Disciples parishioner Al Drake learned that his neighbor wanted to donate a vacant mobile home to a wounded veteran, he thought refurbishing the property would…

New evangelization is the work of the whole church

Catholics must not be afraid to ‘speak about their own experience of God in their life,’ says Father Bryan Dolejsi TACOMABy Kevin Birnbaum Catholics’ primary method of evangelization should be the witness of their lives, said Father Bryan Dolejsi.

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.