Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 8, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND — Archbishop William J. Levada’s attorneys forged a last-minute agreement with a Portland lawyer representing those who say they were abused by priests in the Archdiocese of Portland.

The former Portland and San Francisco archbishop, now serving as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had received a subpoena Aug. 7 to testify Aug. 12 in the Oregon archdiocese’s bankruptcy case. The subpoena came just before he was to celebrate a farewell Mass in his honor in San Francisco. But on Aug. 10, he signed an agreement that he will return from Rome to California in January to give a deposition.

Portland lawyer Erin Olson hopes to establish patterns of behavior in the way the Portland Archdiocese has handled alleged sex abuse over the years.

Questions should cover only his 1986 to 1995 tenure in Portland and be limited to issues in western Oregon, said an Aug. 1 brief filed by the archdiocese’s lawyers.

The Oregonian, Portland’s daily newspaper, reported that Archbishop Levada received a second subpoena Aug. 13 at the end of a tribute dinner, also in San Francisco.

– Catholic News Service, Washington, D.C.

EUGENE – Catholic Community Services of Lane County honored Ibrahim Hamide with its annual Murnane Social Justice award earlier this summer.

Hamide, a Muslim, is owner of Café Soriah and a human rights commissioner with the city of Eugene. He has worked for more than 30 years on reconciliation issues between Palestinians and Israelis in the community.

The Murnane award honors the work of persons who strive to promote justice among the less fortunate in the community.

— Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

Archdiocese of Seattle

Father William Maat OSB LACEY – Benedictine Father William Maat (right), a prominent figure in the Cursillo movement in the Northwest, died last month at the age of 98.

Besides his work with Cursillo, Father William served as a pastor in a number of Northwest parishes, including Rockaway and Waldport, on the Oregon coast, as well as ministering in prisons and schools in Kansas, Washington, and British Columbia.

— Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

SEATTLE – At a summit on Hispanic ministry last month, Seattle auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo said that there must be new ways found to integrate the Hispanic population into parish life.

“We must be relentless in seeking ways to promote and facilitate full integration of Hispanic Catholics into the life of the church and its mission,” he said. “Latinos have to develop a sense of belonging. We are not visitors; we need a real sense of belonging.”

At the summit meeting, Seattle Archbishop Alex J. Brunett said that Bishop Elizondo had “the heart of a missionary, the mind of a pastor.” Bishop Elizondo will be coordinating the archdiocese’s expanding outreach to Hispanic Catholics.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle)

Diocese of Boise

BOISE – Another major gathering focused on ministry to Hispanic Catholics (see item above) took place over a June weekend in the Boise Diocese.

Growth in the population of Hispanic Catholics in Idaho brought the diocese’s response to a need for expanded pastoral services, especially in the Spanish language.

Said Bishop Michael Driscoll, “I was very happy to be with Hispanics of our diocese (at the meeting), especially those who came such long distances from across Idaho.... Our various cultures help to create dynamic fare within the Body of Christ.”

— Idaho Catholic Register (Boise)

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