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Washington’s bishops call on governor, legislators to fund safety-net programs
the Inland Register
(From the April 18, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)
In an April 12 letter to Governor Jay Inslee and state lawmakers, the Catholic bishops of Washington State said the needs of the poor, hungry and unemployed must come first as they establish budget priorities.
“As Catholic pastors, we remind you that economic decisions possess a clear and compelling moral dimension,” they said in the letter, which sets out criteria for guiding state budget negotiations.
Among those criteria are the dignity of human life, the effect of budgetary decisions on the poor and unemployed and promoting the good of society.
“A central moral measure of any budget proposal is how it affects our poorest sisters and brothers,” the bishops said in their letter, which outlined specific programs that meet essential needs.
Among the priority programs mentioned by the bishops were the financial assistance for child care for working-poor parents, funding for programs that assist homeless persons and the state Housing Trust Fund.
“These services truly address the essential needs of the least among us, our brothers and sisters who are poor and vulnerable,” the bishops said.
The letter was signed by all four bishops of Washington State: Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Archdiocese of Seattle; Bishop Blase J. Cupich, Diocese of Spokane; Bishop Joseph J. Tyson, Diocese of Yakima; and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo MSpS, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle.
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