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Category: Catholic Church
June 27, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Seattle Archdiocese settles: More can be done by the church to prevent abuse

I celebrate the 30 brave men who remained steadfast in their efforts to hold the Archdiocese of Seattle accountable [“Seattle Archdiocese settles abuse lawsuits for $12 million,” Local News, June 24]. Ten years is a very long time to fight for justice and resolution. It’s a shame that the church hangs on to the bitter end…

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Comments | More in Catholic Church | Topics: Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Archdiocese of Seattle, Child abuse

March 10, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Eastside Catholic: Homosexuality not against Catholic teachings

I was struck by the mischaracterization of Catholic doctrine by Eastside Catholic’s legal team in its attempt to defend the firing of Mark Zmuda ["Court battle next in ouster of Eastside Catholic educator,” Local News, March 6]. It stated “to employ a person married to someone of the same sex [is] a violation of…

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January 22, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Catholic child abuse: A personal plea to Pope Francis

I am longing for the moment when Pope Francis will name the greatest scandal in church history for what it is and not skirt the issue. Francis has yet to utter the words, “The priest abuse of children.” ["Vatican comes under sharp criticism for sex abuse," Nation & World, Jan. 16] Rather, he avoids…

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Comments | More in Catholic Church | Topics: Catholic Church, Child abuse, Pope Francis

January 21, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Eastside Catholic: School had no choice but to fire Zmuda

I just read The Seattle Times article “Church doctrine, gay marriage colliding in Catholic workplaces” [Local News, Jan. 14]. I was a principal in the Catholic schools in Western Washington for 12 years and superintendent of the Catholic schools from 1989 to 1994. Therefore, I know the workings of the system. Even though…

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Comments | More in Catholic Church, Gay marriage | Topics: Eastside Catholic, gay marriage, Mark Zmuda

January 6, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Eastside High School: Hope to LGBT people everywhere

I was moved by Seattle students’ solidarity over the issue of high school vice principal Mark Zmuda being fired because he married his male partner [“Reinstate Mark Zmuda,” Opinion, Jan. 3]. Links to this story came from foreign and domestic press sources, spreading hope to LGBT people everywhere. Good job, students! Nathaniel Batchelder, Oklahoma City

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December 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Eastside Catholic and the exit of vice principal Mark Zmuda

PROTEST FOR VICE-PRINCIPLE FIRING - SAMMAMISH - 121913 Chanting "Change the Church", students walked from Eastside Catholic High School, down their driveway to nearby 228th Ave. SE in Sammamish after and early morning announcement that a popular Vice-principle was fired for marrying his partner.  Students chanted, "Change the Church", shouted and waved to cars on 228th, and after 20 minutes, returned to school. Earlier in the morning after the announced firing, students spontaneously had a sit-in disrupting 1st period.  "It makes me have a lot of faith in my friends", said student, Courtney Houston, standing out on 228th.

Chanting “change the church,” students walked from Eastside Catholic High School, down the driveway to nearby 228th Avenue SE in Sammamish after an early morning announcement on Dec. 19 that a popular vice principal was dismissed.

Friday will be the last day at Eastside Catholic for vice principal and swim coach Mark Zmuda, 38, who joined the staff about a year and a half ago. Whether Zmuda left voluntarily or was forced out, once he married another man his fate at the school was sealed. Eastside Catholic High School says Mark Zmuda’s marriage to his same-sex partner violates Catholic teachings and a contract he signed when he was hired by the school. Students called the rule “totally unfair” and walked out of class in protest on Thursday.

The Seattle Times editorial board writes, “The hearts and minds of many young Catholics are changing. The students’ rebellion should provoke an institution that preaches compassion to also accept that individuals have a right to marry the person they love.”

Readers are writing in on the topic, voicing support for the students or framing gay marriage as anathema to biblical teachings:

To the students of Eastside Catholic: I applaud your expression of love and support for your vice principal [“Catholic school vice principal ousted over his gay marriage,” page one, Dec. 20, 2013].

However, I would urge restraint in your pleas to change church policy. Primarily because your real dispute is not with the church leadership but with the Bible itself.

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Comments | More in Catholic Church, Gay marriage | Topics: Eastside Catholic, Mark Zmuda

September 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Pope Francis encourages Catholic Church to be more inclusive

GOP should learn from pope If it’s good enough for the pope, it should be good enough for the GOP. [“Pope calls for church to be inclusive, less dogmatic,” page one, Sept. 20.] Casting aside three decades of looking back, Pope Francis is taking his church on a journey that embraces the spirit of the law,…

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September 24, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Pope Francis shakes up Vatican hierarchy, dogma

A welcome change I find it extraordinarily refreshing that Pope Francis has articulated and emphasized the core values of the Catholic faith — service to the poor and marginalized that acknowledges the divine in all individuals — by de-emphasizing the rigid dogma that has pitted Catholics on opposite sides of the religious spectrum for the past…

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Comments | More in Catholic Church, Religion | Topics: Catholic, dogma, faith

March 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Pope Francis: Conservative theology, generous public persona

Francis provides hope for humanity Although I’m not a Roman Catholic, I am a believer and I was deeply offended that the editorial in The Times not only denigrated and disparaged the entire process of Pope Francis’ election but seemed written to play to a supposed gallery of nonbelievers (chuckle, chuckle) [“Pople Francis and the...

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March 19, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Choice of Pope Francis may mean shift for Catholic Church

Growth out of orthodoxy The article regarding Seattle Catholics and the election of Pope Francis begins with the repeatedly mistaken assumption among the progressive Catholic community that our new pope should conform to their thinking, with strong hopes that the city-culture will emerge triumphant [“Seattle Catholics toast new pope,” page one, March 14]. As laymen we…

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