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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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January 3, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Hospital mergers are shrinking services

Hospital mergers shrinking services

Thank you for your editorial on hospital mergers [“State sheds more light on hospital mergers,” Opinion, Dec. 30].

Please remove from your writing vocabulary the phrase “physician assisted suicide”.

It is a term no longer used in polite gatherings, as it is hurtful and derogatory to families with dying patients who are suffering.

People who choose to use the Washington state Death With Dignity Act prefer to speak about “aid in dying”, “hastening death” or simply “Death with Dignity.”

Also, it is important to note that your editorial did not give the full import of Catholic hospital takeovers. The Catholic moral teaching severely restricts doctors from giving full medical information to their patients, and most Catholic providers prohibit their employees from fully discussing all options available to their patients.

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May 28, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Catholic health-care systems in state hospitals

Hospitals should remain separate from religious institutions I have been concerned for some time about the mergers of public hospitals with Catholic hospitals [“Catholic health system, UW Medicine sign pact,” NWTuesday, May 21]. Now the University of Washington hospital has made such an arrangement. I believe that hospitals that receive public tax support must remain separate from…

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