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September 19, 2017          
 Inside this issue (Click here to read on WSCC website)
  • • One Month until Cornerstone Catholic Conference
  • • Justice for Immigrants
  • • Religious Freedom: Questioning of Nominee
  • • "Share the Journey" Campaign
  • • Pope Video for September

Hurry and register for the 2017 Cornerstone Catholic Conference, October 20-21 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center - some workshops are starting to fill up. Register now to be assured of your choice of workshops! Go to

Bishop Robert Barron is one of three inspiring keynote speakers. Northwest Catholic interviewed Bishop Barron about his upcoming keynote presentation at the Cornerstone Catholic Conference. Click here to read his interview.  Bishop Barron discussed the interview on his Sept. 11th Word on Fire podcast. Click here to listen to Bishop Barron's podcast and find out his thoughts about the divide between pro-life and social justice and why he calls it a "tragedy for the Church."

The conference offers six excellent workshops that include Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, on immigration. There will also be over 30 exhibitors, a number of priests offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and a concluding Mass on Saturday. Tickets are $75 ($65 for young adults) and scholarships are available (send request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


On September 12, the Executive Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement urging Congress to find a durable and permanent solution on behalf of DACA youth and urged the Administration to allow 75,000 refugee admissions into the United States in 2018:  "In light of many years of failure by Congress, whether controlled by Republicans or Democrats, to address the situation, the Committee urges the Catholic faithful and all people of good will to contact their representatives in Congress to urge the passage of the DREAM Act or similar legislation as a prompt, humane, and durable solution to this problem of greatest urgency." To read the full statement from the USCCB Executive Committee, click here. In a related action, USCCB/MRS, Catholic Charities USA and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC., sent a follow-up letter to the Department of Homeland Security requesting a three month extension for DACA renewals. Read the letter here.


On September 8, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, issued a statement in response to the line of questioning about her faith directed at Amy Coney Barrett, nominee for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Archbishop Lori stated, "America has a strong and venerable tradition of pluralism that respects all religious views. In this context, [the recent] hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is deeply disappointing. Rather than simply consider the professional achievements of a nominee for the federal judiciary, multiple senators challenged her fitness to serve due to her Catholic faith. Such questions are not just contrary to our Constitution and our best national traditions, which protect the free exercise of one's faith and reject religious tests for public office, they are offensive to basic human rights." Professor Barrett teaches law at Notre Dame University. To read Archbishop Lori's full statement, click here.



On September 27th, Pope Francis will launch a two year campaign sponsored by Caritas Internationalis aimed at raising awareness of Church teaching on migration and as a visible demonstration of the Catholic community's support for our brothers and sisters who have fled their homes in search of a decent and safe life for their families. The website for the campaign is at You can also access resources for this campaign at the Justice for Immigrants website. We hope that you will take an opportunity to familiarize yourself with these resources and help make this campaign a success. National Migration Week is an integral part of the Share the Journey campaign.



"Parishes must be in contact with homes, with people's lives, with the life of society. They have to be houses where the door is always open so as to go forth toward others." So begins the Holy Father's video for September - View the video at

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