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USCCB & Green Climate PDF Print E-mail

USCCB Urges Support for Green Climate Fund

In his Encyclical, Laudato Sí, On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis calls on Catholics and people of goodwill to acknowledge “the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet” and the need to address climate change. In response to this call, several leaders of national Catholic organizations have asked Congress to fund U.S. contributions to the Green Climate Fund. The leaders are Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop of Las Cruces Oscar Cantú, Chair of USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, Sr. Donna Markham, OP, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, President of Catholic Relief Services. The leaders also called on the U.S. to exercise strong leadership in reaching an agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the upcoming United Nations negotiations on climate change in Paris.

In particular, they called on Congress to:

  • Fund U.S. contributions to the Green Climate Fund, an independent, global fund established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to help poor countries better respond to the challenges of climate change. With this funding, and the collective contributions made by other advanced economies, poor countries will have resources to help them mitigate and adapt to the realities of climate change.
  • Support U.S. leadership in securing a global commitment to curb global greenhouse gas emissions in the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Climate change is a result of global emissions and it is only through a global accord that humanity can hope to turn the tide against the worst projected impacts of climate change.

2016 Legislative Session PDF Print E-mail

Legislators Prepare for 2016 Session

Next week, Washington State legislators begin preparing in earnest for the 2016 session when they return to Olympia for Committee Days. November 19 and 20 will be filled with meetings and committee hearings. In December, legislators will be able to pre-file bills that will be considered during the 2016 session. The first day of the session is Monday, January 11. Registration is now open for Catholic Advocacy Day, February 8, 2016 – visit

East & West Mass for Life PDF Print E-mail

2016 Mass for Life: West & East

In Western Washington, the annual Mass for Life will be celebrated by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. The Mass for Life will begin at 9:30 am at Saint Martin's University in Lacey. The March for Life, organized by the Washington State March for Life, begins at noon at the State Capitol in Olympia. These events commemorate the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions in 1974 that legalized abortion throughout the country.

In Eastern Washington, for the first time, there will be a Mass for Life in Spokane on Saturday, January 16. Bishop Thomas Daly will celebrate the Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, beginning at 9:00 am. There will be a Walk for Life Northwest, starting at 11:00 am in Riverfront Park.

To learn more about Roe v. Wade and its aftermath, visit

Initiatives Passed PDF Print E-mail

Two Statewide Initiatives Appear to Pass

There were two statewide initiatives on the General Election ballot in Washington State.

I-1366 will decrease the sales tax rate unless the legislature sends voters a constitutional amendment requiring two-thirds legislative approval or voter approval to raise taxes, and legislative approval for fee increases. The WSCC did not support the initiative because it will have a profound negative impact on people in poverty due to the loss of state funding and the potential for significant cuts in social services. Based on nearly complete results, I-1366 appears to be passing by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin. Official results are expected by the end of November. To view statewide vote tallies, visit the Secretary of State’s website. A legal challenge to the constitutionality of I-1366 is anticipated.
I-1401 deals with the trafficking of animal species threatened with extinction. This measure will make selling, purchasing, trading, or distributing certain animal species threatened with extinction, and products containing such species, a gross misdemeanor or class-C felony, with exemptions for certain types of transfers. The WSCC did not take a position on I-1401. Based on nearly complete vote tallies, I-1401 appears to be passing by a 70 percent to 30 percent.

Cornerstone Update PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 11:24

Update on the Cornerstone Catholic Conference

It has been a year since the first Cornerstone Catholic Conference and the WSCC has received many inquiries about when the next one will be held. We hope soon to confirm a date in October, 2017, and have already formed a planning committee.

The Bishops of Washington State remain committed to the Cornerstone mission: "to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life:  the unborn, individuals who live in poverty or on the margins of society, and people at the end of life."

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