Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the June 16, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – The latest “Death with Dignity” report shows a sharp spike in the number of Oregonians both requesting and using lethal medications. The number of those requesting the drugs increased from 155 to 218, and the number actually using the medications jumped from 105 to 132. The numbers this past year are nearly a ten-fold increase since 1998, when the law was enacted. That year, 24 individuals requested the drugs and 16 people actually used them.

Oregon was the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide, with 51.3 percent of voters passing Ballot Measure 16, “the Death with Dignity Act,” in 1994 despite the Archdiocese of Portland, the Diocese of Baker, and many other faiths educating and lobbying against its passage.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable. Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.” (2277)

Worldwide, assisted suicide is legal in a number of countries, including the Canadian province of Quebec, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

PORTLAND – An annual summer faith formation gathering for people of all ages is set for July 27-31 on the University of Portland campus. Summer Conference, begun in 1983 by lay Catholics and Benedictine monks, will take up the theme: “A Pilgrim’s Way: Wisdom for the Journey.”

Keynote speaker is Benedictine Sister Gertrude Feick, who will share the fruit of her doctoral work on the life and spirituality of Cardinal Basil Hume.

Cardinal Hume, who died in 1999, was a Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey in England. He served as abbot for 13 years before being named the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, a position he held for the next 23 years. He offered a distinctive theological and spiritual vision, including a deep, humble and sometimes playful yearning for God. He called it the “pilgrim way.” Cardinal Hume spoke about his ideas at the 1997 Summer Conference.

To register for the Conference or just the lecture series, mail registration by July 1 to P.O. Box 2767, Corvallis, OR 97339 or go to For more information, email or call 541-758-4235.

– Catholic Sentinel (Oregon Catholic Press)

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