SEATTLE – The Catholic bishops of Washington state — including the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Dioceses of Spokane and Yakima — have launched a new website, WACatholics.org. It’s the official site for the Washington State Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the state’s Catholic bishops. “We know connecting with Catholics and others in Washington is more important than ever,” said Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, president of the WSCC, in a release.
The new platform includes information on the Catholic Church’s position on a range of public policy issues, details on key programs sponsored by the bishops, and facts about the positive impact of the Catholic Church and its more than 1 million members in Washington. The website also includes a special focus on church activities in support of immigrants.
Calling upon all people of goodwill to assist immigrants and refugees, the Catholic bishops of Washington have directed their social service agencies and other programs to assist with the current immigration crisis. “The Catholic Church stands with our brothers and sisters facing the challenges of immigration and we continue to call on national leaders to enact comprehensive immigration reform,” Archbishop Sartain said.
As part of this effort, an online directory of resources provides access to reliable information related to the immigration crisis and ways to take action, including contacting representatives, volunteering with organizations helping migrants, enrolling as a prospective foster parent, staying informed, and supporting migrants and refugees through prayer.
Visitors to the new site can also join the WSCC’s advocacy network, which makes it easy to contact public officials and keep up-to-date on important issues facing the Washington State Legislature and United States Congress.