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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Lobbying on behalf of the poor

the Inland Register

(From the March 17, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Approximately 300 Catholic leaders came to Washington, DC for the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in February to urge Congress that, in this time of austerity and fiscal restraints, the budget not be balanced on the backs of the poor both at home and abroad. Fiscal responsibility also must include moral care. There is a possibility that assistance programs could be cut by 26 percent while the overall budget cut is projected to be about 3 percent. At last count 207 members of the House of Representatives and 70 Senators were visited by members of the gathering. The gathering’s theme was taken from Mathew 25:31-46. Pictured are Washington State representatives to the Social Ministry event, gathered outside the office of Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell (D). From left are John Bergmann and James Gaunett, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Seattle; Holy Names Sister Irene Knopes, St. Joseph Parish, Spokane; Jim Thomas, Archdiocese of Seattle; Providence sister Sue Orlowski, St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane; Connie Smith, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Spokane; Ned Laskowski, St. Jude Parish, Sammamish, Wash.; and Gene DiRe, Catholic Charities Spokane. Not pictured: Scott Cooper, Catholic Charities Spokane. (IR photo courtesy of the Sisters of Providence)

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