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Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture of accountability

Cardinals attending Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse have called for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors who fail …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:19 p.m.

Oakland Catholic diocese names 45 priests accused of sexual abuse

In a move aimed at reassuring parishioners amid renewed scrutiny of the Roman Catholic Church, the Diocese of Oakland named 45 priests Monday who had been credibly accused over the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:14 p.m.

Faith and Values: Door closes, but a window opens, if you’re looking

“It’s not fair.” That phrase has come up a lot lately.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 8:18 p.m.

Vatican defrocks former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.


Faith and Values: Can you imagine such a thing?

Today’s increasingly lax abortion laws send a chill into the hearts of those who see in utero children as God’s own – actual, real people made in God’s image, lives …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

Vatican tries to rein in expectations for sexual abuse summit

Pope Francis is preparing to convene an unprecedented summit on sex abuse this month, widely viewed as among the most pivotal moments of his papacy, but the Vatican is cautioning …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 7:49 p.m.

Russian court sends Jehovah’s Witness to prison for 6 years

A regional court in western Russia on Wednesday sentenced a Danish Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison, in arguably the most severe crackdown on religious freedom in Russia in …


Spokane Bishop Thomas Daly calls on local Catholic politicians to examine abortion positions before worshiping

The bishop’s writing is drawn from Catholic canonical law, but local lawmakers said Monday they found the statement divisive as several states across the country re-examine their laws governing abortion …


Pope seeks to end stigma of AIDS with visit to church home

Pope Francis is wrapping up his first trip to Central America with a final World Youth Day Mass and a visit to a church-run home for people living with AIDS.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

Faith and Values: Finding your center on the margins

I nearly always observe God showing up on the margins of our lives as well. That makes me wonder if our spiritual centers just may not always be where we …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

Hotel dishwasher in Miami awarded $21 million after boss made her work on Sundays

A jury has awarded a Miami hotel dishwasher $21.5 million, concluding that her employer failed to honor her religious beliefs by repeatedly scheduling her on Sundays and ultimately firing her.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in Washington, 12 other states

A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

SpokaneFaVS interfaith community center opening in former Origin Church building

Spokane’s Origin Church will close in May, and plans to transfer ownership of its building to non-profit SpokaneFaVS for the purpose of creating a local interfaith community center.


‘It is our duty to give them food’: Pullman Islamic Association joins in feeding the hungry

Pullman resident Mohammed Riajul Islam says serving the needy is an essential part of living the Muslim faith.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

Faith and Values: A warming center born through the desire of others to

It’s not a simple thing to become an “emergency warming center” in the space of a month (more or less!).


Faith and Values: Time to interrupt the norm

Good manners were important in my childhood home. Chew with your mouth closed. Say “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am.” Always say please and thank you, and never, ever interrupt.


Pastor Walter Kendricks: Hope found in the Miracle

The Christmas season has become a commercialized event, beginning with Thanksgiving Day, finding its culmination with the ushering in of a New Year. Tucked away between these two days, obscured …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Faith and Values: In the flesh, here and now

“One of the blunders religious people are particularly fond of making is the attempt to be more spiritual than God.” Wow, really? I think that Frederick Buechner was right when …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Faith and Values: When friends disagree – A Buddhist perspective

Editor’s note: SpokaneFaVS.com has a feature called “Ask A Buddhist.” Recently someone wrote about a friendship gone sour, and asked for advice on how to handle disagreements with friends. This …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 8:37 p.m.

On last night of Hanukkah, latkes and remembrance take center stage at Temple Beth Shalom

Sunday was the final night of Hanukkah, and Hadassah was preparing for a crowd.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

Faith and Values: Stripping politics from Christianity

In 1981, Billy Graham warned evangelical Christians about a “wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right,” warning that the “hard right [had] no interest in religion except to …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

New list of Catholic priest abuse on West Coast includes dozens of Jesuits with Spokane-area ties

The Jesuit religious order of the Catholic Church in the West released a list of names of “credibly accused” clergy Friday in response to renewed concern nationwide about sexual abuse …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Parkland shooting victim’s dad joins Trump for Hanukkah

The father of a Florida school shooting victim helped the White House celebrate Hanukkah on Thursday and lauded President Donald Trump as a “fighter” who has “retaken Washington for the …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

Faith and Values: Traditions, both constant and changing

The holidays have a way of being both joyous and wistful. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family. We usually celebrated it …


Faith and Values: Hospitality begins with the ‘other’ within

I tend to grow more and more impatient with the superficial ways we toss the word “hospitality” into our conversations. It is a very ancient, honorable word. But we domesticate …


Faith and Values: Why I don’t have the post-election blues

I don’t have the post-election blues. It isn’t because all my candidates of choice won. Because they didn’t. And it’s not because the measures I voted for passed. Because not …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 6:26 p.m.

Spokane’s Bishop Daly doubles down on criticism of Vatican after order to hold off on internal reforms

Spokane’s bishop doubled down on his criticism of the Vatican Thursday, saying its decision to bar U.S. dioceses from taking action on the ongoing sexual abuse crisis within the church …


Spokane bishop on Catholic Church abuse crisis: ‘How much more can the people of God put up with?’

Light streamed into Bishop Thomas Daly’s office one recent afternoon as he spoke, in sometimes blunt terms, about the widening scandal of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the United …


Faith and Values: Beneath the surface of political striving, God moves toward His greater purpose

The Bible relentlessly reminds us that, while mankind makes his choices, and wages his battles, and shouts his opinions, a sovereign God rules over it all. And incredibly, mysteriously, but …


Faith and Values: Stepping stones in a life of religious reporting

I’m often asked why I became a religion reporter.