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Category: Religion
January 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Eastside Catholic reaffirms it won’t rehire Mark Zmuda

The Eastside Catholic Board of Trustees reaffirmed at a parent and faculty meeting Thursday evening that the school will not be rehiring Mark Zmuda, the vice principal who was fired after school officials learned he had married his male partner. Zmuda, 38, has acknowledged he was aware of Catholic doctrine and knew he “was not in…


Comments | More in Education, General news, Religion | Topics: Eastside Catholic, Mark Zmuda

January 15, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Archdiocese makes first comments on Eastside Catholic firing

The Seattle Archdiocese today made its first public comments about the former Eastside Catholic vice principal who was terminated in December after school officials learned he had married his gay partner. Spokesman Greg Magnoni said the archdiocese would “take into consideration” the nearly 21,000 petition signatures of people from around the world who are asking Seattle…


Comments | Topics: Eastside Catholic School, Roman Catholic Church, same-sex marriage

January 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Supporters of fired vice principal to deliver signatures to archbishop

A coalition of Eastside Catholic school students, alumni and area Catholic leaders on Wednesday will deliver nearly 20,000 petition signatures to Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, protesting the dismissal last month of the school’s gay vice principal for marrying his male partner. The school said Mark Zmuda was terminated for violating the teachings of the…


Comments | Topics: Eastside Catholic, employment, Roman Catholic Church

January 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Music Coach: Wedding her girlfriend OK by Eastside Catholic

SAMMAMISH — A part-time musical coach at Eastside Catholic School says the school has given her a new contract although she announced recently she is engaged to her same-sex partner. The school recently forced out a vice principal who had married his male partner. Stephanie Merrow says she met Thursday with the school’s principal, Polly Skinner,…


Comments | More in Education, General news, Religion | Topics: Eastside Catholic School, Sammamish

January 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Gay vice principal Mark Zmuda said he was fired, offered option of divorce

The vice principal of Eastside Catholic school, who was fired last month after school officials learned he had married his male partner, said in a newly released video that he was told he could keep his job if he got a divorce. Mark Zmuda, 38, a well-liked swim coach and vice principal of Eastside’s middle and…


Comments | Topics: Catrina Crittenden, Eastside Catholic, Mark Zmuda

October 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Richland florist asks court to dismiss attorney general’s suit

A Richland florist is asking a Benton County Superior Court judge to dismiss a state lawsuit against her for refusing to provide floral arrangements for a gay wedding, saying Attorney General Bob Ferguson lacks the authority to bring the suit, particularly since the couple at the center of the case never complained to the state. In…


Comments | Topics: attorney general, Richland Florist, Same-sex weddings

September 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Former Seattle Archbishop Brunett suffers stroke

Retired Seattle Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett suffered a stroke Thursday and is in critical but stable condition in the intensive-care unit at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. Brunett underwent surgery Thursday evening, according to a statement Friday from the Archdiocese of Seattle. The 79-year-old Brunett was able to respond to voice commands following the operation. Brunett served as archbishop…


Comments | More in Religion | Topics: Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett, Archdiocese of Seattle, stroke

June 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Washington Catholic bishops maintain course with Scouts

Catholic bishops of Washington state have stated there will be no changes to church teaching in response to recent membership policy changes by the Boy Scouts of America. National Scout leadership voted last month to admit openly gay Scouts as members. “The Catholic Church teaches that all people are to be treated with dignity and respect,” according…


Comments | More in General news, Religion | Topics: Boy Scouts, Catholic church

May 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM

ACLU asks Inslee for temporary halt of hospital mergers

The ACLU of Washington and 10 other advocacy organizations have asked Gov. Jay Inslee to enact a six-month moratorium on state approvals of hospital mergers, saying religious-secular affiliations put patients at risk of being denied legal health services because of Catholic religious restrictions. Recently, the state Department of Health, through its Certificate of Need program, approved…


Comments | More in Government, Health, Politics, Religion | Topics: Catholic, ethical and religious directives, Gov. Jay Inslee

March 15, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Jesus still invoked at Longview council meetings

Take Our Poll LONGVIEW (AP) — The Rev. Larry Pedigo of Highlands Baptist Church delivered the invocation at Thursday’s City Council meeting and ended the prayer, “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” “Amen,” came the hearty response in the council chambers, The Daily News reported Friday. Longview Mayor Don Jensen told the audience that until…


Comments | More in General news, Government, Religion | Topics: city council, invocation, Jesus

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