Archbishop Etienne addresses call for ‘lay-led’ review of abuse files

SEATTLE – Archbishop Paul D. Etienne has written a letter to the people of the Archdiocese of Seattle in response to articles that appeared January 28 in the Seattle Times and the Seattle P-I about a group of lay Catholics, called Heal Our Church, who have written to the archbishop calling for “the creation of a lay-led Truth and Reconciliation Commission” to review “all files related to the sexual abuse scandal.”

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Bishops' Statement on Peace to Resolve Global Conflicts

Seattle, WA January 8, 2020 – The bishops of the Archdiocese of Seattle support today’s joint statement from Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, the president of the United States Catholic Conference and Archbishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace.

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Hermana de la Providencia Virginia Miller

La Hermana Virginia Miller creció en Longview como la menor de tres hermanas. Inspirada por su hermana mayor, ingresó a la vida religiosa el 17 de julio de 1948. Cuando reflexiona acerca de las siete décadas como Hermana de la Providencia, se siente sobrecogida por la bondad de Dios para con ella. “Pertenezco a una comunidad religiosa de mujeres talentosas y amorosas, cuya misión es cuidar de los enfermos, los pobres y de los que sufren, y quienes están avocadas a aliviar las injusticias en el mundo de hoy”, expresa, “¿Qué más puede uno desear?"

Archdiocese settles 1960s abuse case involving volunteer CYO coach

The Archdiocese of Seattle recently reached a final settlement of $250,000 for a case involving allegations of sexual abuse by a former CYO basketball coach.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Terry McGrath was a volunteer coach at St. Louise Parish in Bellevue. In the 1970s, he served as a CYO volunteer at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland; from 1976 to 1989, he was CYO athletic director for the archdiocese.

As part of its commitment to transparency, the Archdiocese of Seattle created a website dedicated to the topic of sexual abuse in the archdiocese. Visit Protect and Heal to learn about the history of sexual abuse in the archdiocese, which peaked in 1975 and has since sharply declined. The website also outlines how since the early 1980s, the archdiocese has taken steps to prevent abuse, protect the community and help victims and their families heal.

To report any suspicion of abuse by any church personnel in the Archdiocese of Seattle, contact local law enforcement. Anyone with knowledge of misconduct by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Seattle is urged to call the archdiocesan hotline at 1-800-446-7762.

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