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Pope Marks A-bomb Events PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 11:38

Pope Marks A-bomb Events

On August 9th, Pope Francis recalled the 70th anniversary of the "terrible" atomic bomb attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saying this tragic event "still arouses horror and revulsion" in us many years later. The Pope said these attacks have become the symbol of the enormous destructive power of humanity when it makes a distorted use of scientific and technical progress and serve “as a lasting warning to humanity.”

The human family should reject war and ban nuclear weapons and all arms of mass destruction. Pope Francis appealed to all people that “one cry rise up from every land, ‘No’ to war and violence and ‘Yes’ to dialogue and to peace.  With war one always loses. The only way to win a war is never to wage it.”

 
Pope Marks A-bomb Events PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 11:38

On August 9th, Pope Francis recalled the 70th anniversary of the "terrible" atomic bomb attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saying this tragic event "still arouses horror and revulsion" in us many years later. The Pope said these attacks have become the symbol of the enormous destructive power of humanity when it makes a distorted use of scientific and technical progress and serve “as a lasting warning to humanity.”

The human family should reject war and ban nuclear weapons and all arms of mass destruction. Pope Francis appealed to all people that “one cry rise up from every land, ‘No’ to war and violence and ‘Yes’ to dialogue and to peace.  With war one always loses. The only way to win a war is never to wage it.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 11:41
 
Planned Parenthood Videos PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2015 11:48

On July 29th, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), commented on recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics. Cardinal O’Malley pointed to “two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues through abortion. Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life.”

Cardinal O’Malley also said, “If the Planned Parenthood news coverage has caused anyone to experience revived trauma from their own involvement in abortion, be assured that any and all persons will be welcomed with compassion and assistance through the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel. If you or someone you know would like confidential, nonjudgmental help, please visit http://hopeafterabortion.com/.”

In a letter dated July 22nd, nearly three dozen Republican Washington state representatives asked Attorney General Bob Ferguson to investigate all Planned Parenthood affiliates operating in the state for violations of state and federal laws “pertaining to the trafficking of human organs and body parts …” Previously seven legislators wrote Governor Inslee to request that the state stopped funding Planned Parenthood. Neither the Attorney General nor the Governor have yet publically responded to the legislators.

However, Governor Inslee did make a statement about the Planned Parenthood controversy on July 29th. He said, “National extremist organizations are engaged in a concerted effort to discredit, and ultimately eliminate, an organization that so many women rely on. … I stand with [Planned Parenthood] in their efforts to ensure every woman needing access to safe and legal reproductive health care can get it.”

On August 3rd, the U.S. Senate failed to approve a measure that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. The United States bishops (USCCB) supported S. 1881, to withhold federal funds from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates.  The vote was 53 to 46 on a procedural motion that required at least 60 “yes” votes under Senate rules. 



Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:59
 
Labor Day Statement PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 August 2015 13:22

2015 Labor Day Statement

This year’s Labor Day statement by the U.S. Catholic Bishops focuses on the relationship between work and the family.  Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, sites, “Work is meant to be for the sake of the family. We do not undertake labor for its own sake, but as a way to grow toward lasting and meaningful realities in our lives and communities.”  The statement, pastoral resources, including homily helps, prayer materials, and posts are available.


The statement also includes significant material from Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, and may indicate some of the themes that the Pope will present during his visit to the United States next month, including the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

 
Washington State's Longest Legislative Session Ends PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 13:48

For the first time since the fiscal crisis, legislators added significant funding to social service programs in the 2015-2017 operating budget. Several key programs had their first real increases in years. The new operating budget provides a 9% increase for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This $30 million increase for TANF partially restores the 15% cut made in the wake of the recession. Responding to constituents and several court orders, legislators included approximately $70 million in additional funding for the evaluation and treatment of people with mental illness. The State Food Assistance Program (FAP) that serves legal immigrants who are not eligible for food stamps was restored to 100% of the federal level after struggling for the last four years at only 75% of the federal level.

However, other programs were not increased. The Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program will continue to be funded at current levels. While not increased, maintaining current levels could not have occurred without advocates pressing lawmakers on behalf of poor and vulnerable people. Funding for Volunteer Services will stay the same as in the last biennial budget. The basic human needs of many Washingtonians continue to go unmet.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:04
 
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