Washington bishops support bill to repeal death penalty

OLYMPIA – The Catholic bishops of Washington state submitted testimony Tuesday in support of Senate Bill 5339, which seeks to repeal the death penalty and require that life imprisonment without the possibility of parole become the sentence for aggravated first degree murder convictions.

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Archbishop Sartain releases Christmas video greetings

SEATTLE – Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has released two Christmas video greetings, in English and Spanish. “Christmas reminds us that God himself has come to earth,” the archbishop says in the videos. “May you have the joy of knowing that the Savior has been born for you.”

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Cómo tener una sagrada familia

Era un caluroso día de julio hace 32 años cuando mi familia posó por última vez para un retrato formal. Ahí estamos mi madre y sus cinco hijos (mi padre había muerto en 1972), esposos y nietos, de pie o sentados con atención en la sala, con nuestros trajes de domingo, zapatos bien boleados y cabello bien peinado, sonriendo como si no hubiera preocupaciones en el mundo.

Archdiocese of Seattle settles five sex-abuse cases for $2.05 million

SEATTLE – The Archdiocese of Seattle has agreed to pay $2.05 million to settle five cases involving allegations of sexual abuse by Edward Courtney, who was a member of the Christian Brothers religious order; one of the cases involved allegations of sexual abuse by Gerard Kealy, who was also a member of the Christian Brothers. The alleged abuse occurred between the late 1970s and the early 1980s.

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