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Cornerstone Catholic Conference, October 24-25, 2014

The Bishops of Washington State are truly grateful for all those who participated in the first-ever Cornerstone Catholic Conference.  

Cornerstone had more than 900 people in attendance who were inspired and educated in the Gospel call to care for our brothers and sisters who are unborn, poor, marginalized, or at the end of life.  Click here to view the Cornerstone video clip.

At the Cornerstone conference, the Bishops launched a new initiative, Prepares, the Pregnany and Parenting Support program.  Prepares is a nurturing response of the Catholic community of Washington State to assist pregnant women, fathers, and their families by walking the journey from the first moment of conception through their child's fifth birthday.

 
Gun Background Checks PDF Print E-mail

The Catholic Bishops of Washington State released a statement voicing their support of Initiative 594, which requires background checks on the sale or transfer of firearms.  State and federal laws presently require gun dealers to be licensed and, in most cases, conduct background checks on gun buyers. I-594 would require background checks on the sale or transfer of all firearms and adds background checks for online sales and sales at gun shows.

 

“In addition to this initiative measure, we also urge support by public and elected officials for policy initiatives to improve access to mental health care for those who may be prone to violence,” the statement said.

 

I-594 is on the ballot this November. 

 
2014 Legislative Report PDF Print E-mail

For the first time in many years the 60-day 2014 Legislative Session adjourned on time on March 13th.  Passed on the last day the supplemental budget increases the existing $33.631 billion 2013-2015 biennial budget to $33.675 billion, an increase of $155.1 million.  The allocation of additional funds include $58 million for public school books and supplies, $23 million in early learning and childcare, $20 million in mental health and $5.4 million for increased prison capacity. This supplemental budget is modest with no substantive tax increases or decreases.

Some highlights include the passage of the Real Hope Act (Dream Act), allowing qualified immigrant students, who came to this country with their parents, access to financial aid for college, and the defeat of the abortion mandate bill, which would have required all state health plans to provide abortion coverage. There were no cuts to basic needs programs. The housing surcharge bill passed, which grants funding for housing and homeless programs, but it was a compromise bill and only extended the $40 surcharge until 2019.  The Toxic Free Kids bill, which would have protected children from harmful toxic chemicals in children’s products did not pass, but some of it was contained in the budget. No additional funding was appropriated for housing because the legislature failed to pass a supplemental capitol budget.

Click here to download WSCC’s 2014 legislative report.

 
Attack on Religious Freedom PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:26

Attack on Religious Freedom

Hobby Lobby’s success in seeking relief from the HHS mandate which would have forced them to offer abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans or face exorbitant financial penalties is in jeopardy. 

New legislation, U.S. Senate Bill 2578, the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014” was introduced in Congress to ban employers from refusing to cover any health services, including drugs that cause abortions.  It would also ensure that employers cannot use any federal law, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to refuse to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

The legislation would have farther reaching implications than the Hobby Lobby decision.  Passage could override federal protections of conscience and religious liberty regarding health coverage mandates.

The Senate will vote on the bill the week of July 13th.


 

 
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Cornerstone Catholic Conference

October 24-25, 2014
Tacoma Convention Center

Come, join the Bishops of Washington State at the Cornerstone Catholic Conference

Be inspired and educated in the Gospel call to care for our brothers and sisters who are unborn, poor, marginalized, or at the end of life.

Here are flyers to help spread the word!

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