OLYMPIA – In this year’s short and frenzied state legislative session, Washington’s bishops never eased up, battling the abortion mandate for all health care plans issued in the state and advocating to repeal the death penalty. They testified before committees. They met with the governor, lieutenant governor and legislators. And through the Washington State Catholic Conference, which lobbies for the state’s...
SEATTLE – The Archdiocese of Seattle has reached a settlement with a man who was sexually abused by Edward Courtney while attending a Pierce County public school. Courtney, a former member of the Christian Brothers of Ireland, previously taught in Catholic schools.
VANCOUVER – The second Tuesday of the month finds Reggie Anderson ordering a pint, having a slice and pondering what it means to be Catholic.
Erica Tighe was 26 when she made the leap: She would set out on her own to be a calligrapher. Full time. In order to pay her $800 rent and cellphone bill and $1,000 college-loan payment and also hopefully afford some food.
In 1955 a Jewish sociologist named Will Herberg published a book that caused a stir in religious circles. The book’s title was Protestant, Catholic, Jew, and its premise was that by the time of the postwar religious boom then going strong in America, the country had become religiously tripartite.
There is a very bad argument for celibacy which has reared its head throughout the tradition and which is, even today, defended by some. It runs something like this: Married life is morally and spiritually suspect; priests, as religious leaders, should be spiritual athletes above reproach; therefore, priests shouldn’t be married.