Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

(February 18, 2016 - Web site exclusive)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – The Archdiocese of Seattle has published a list of clergy and religious accused of sexual abuse of a minor who have served or resided in Western Washington.

The individuals named on the list posted to the archdiocesan website – – have allegations that are either admitted, established or determined to be credible, according to a news release.

“I express my deepest apologies for the actions of those who were in positions of trust and who violated that sacred trust by abusing the vulnerable in their care,” Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain wrote in a letter posted with the list of names.

In announcing publication of the list Jan. 15, the archbishop said publishing the list builds on the Archdiocese of Seattle’s long-standing efforts at transparency, accountability and urging victims to come forward.

The news release said the list had been in development for about two years and was put together with the involvement of independent consultants and the Archdiocesan Review Board, which is a group of professionals who advise the archbishop on sexual abuse of minors.

The list includes 77 names of clergy and Religious who have served or lived in Western Washington between 1923 and 2008. Among those listed are 30 archdiocesan and 16 Religious priests, 14 Religious Brothers, one Religious Sister, two deacons and 14 priests from other dioceses.

The news release asked anyone with knowledge of sexual abuse or misconduct by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Seattle to call the archdiocesan hotline: (800) 446-7762.

“This action is being taken in the interest of further transparency and accountability, and to continue to encourage victims of sexual abuse by clergy to come forward,” Archbishop Sartain said in his letter. “Our work in this area will not be complete until all those who have been harmed have received assistance in healing, and until the evil of child sexual abuse has been eradicated from society.”

– Catholic News Service (Washington, D.C.)

Archdiocese of Portland

ST. BENEDICT – Abbot Gregory Duerr, spiritual leader of the Benedictine monks of Mount Angel Abbey, has announced his resignation, effective Ash Wednesday.

“The monks, abbey staff and friends from the larger community are grateful for his deeply spiritual leadership,” says a statement issued by the abbey.

The monks will vote for a new abbot March 12. Until then, Father Vincent Trujillo, the prior, will serve as prior-administrator.

Abbot Gregory is the 11th abbot of the 134-year-old monastic community at Mount Angel. He has served for six years.

He was born in Pierz, Minn., and moved with his family to Mount Angel in 1943. He entered the abbey as a novice in 1957, professed temporary vows in 1958, and was ordained a priest in 1964. Prior to serving as abbot, he served as prior and novice master. His motto as an abbot has been the messianic proclamation from the Prophet Micah: “He shall be peace.”

PORTLAND – The Archdiocese of Portland will serve only fair trade coffee at the Pastoral Center in Northeast Portland. The move is meant to help the archdiocese live consistently with Catholic social teaching, since fair trade coffee benefits the poor and vulnerable instead of large corporations.

“Fair trade coffee supports farmers in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized,” says Matt Cato director of the archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace. “Fair trade guarantees that small-scale coffee bean farmers in Third-World countries achieve a fair price for their beans.”

Cato says fair trade promotes the dignity of workers by ensuring fair wages and by helping vulnerable producers maintain their livelihoods when traditional economic structures shut them out.

“Fair trade is Catholic,” Cato says. “Fair trade coffee costs a little but more, but it is the right thing to do.”

– Catholic Sentinel (Oregon Catholic Press)

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