Legislative session produces wins on poverty, justice but setbacks on life issues

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…

Settlement reached in sex abuse case

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.

Bishop Mueggenborg testifies against death penalty

OLYMPIA – Below is the testimony Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg delivered Feb. 20 before the House Judiciary Committee in favor of SB 6052, which would eliminate the death penalty in Washington state: