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Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

MILAN – The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martinez had expected – or could abide. Her son had been sexually abused by a priest of the Legion of Christ, …


More U.S. firms are boosting faith-based support for employees

It has become standard practice for U.S. corporations to assure employees of support regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation. There’s now an intensifying push to ensure that companies …


Faith and Values: The problem with tolerance

Instead of saying we “tolerate” other faith traditions, shouldn’t we be saying we “accept” them?


Faith and Values: What overwhelms us is what brings us closer to God

Sorrow – over Kobe Bryant’s death. Fear – of a growing and global coronavirus outbreak.


Faith and Values: To my grandchildren, learn to love when the ordinary becomes art

Art is intended to communicate value. Cultivate that value, and learn to find the artful in the ordinary, just as Norman Rockwell taught us.


Faith and Values: Take Obama’s advice and don’t just ‘cancel’ those you disagree with

What is cancel culture? In a nutshell, it’s a subculture that consists of people who have eliminated other people from their lives, based on perceptions of their having behaved inappropriately.


Faith and Values: For open minds, Spokane is home to a diverse religious tradition that should be celebrated

In my time on the religion beat, I’ve been able to cover groups and events that have confirmed that gut feeling I had growing up, the one that said


Faith and Values: Look outward for spiritual growth in the new year

People of faith always swim against a strong current of new fascinations that pull us away from the proven, ordinary graces that grow our love toward God and others.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Amid clergy abuse, survivors of color remain in shadows

Even as it has pledged to go after predators in its ranks and provide support to those harmed by clergy, the church has done little to identify and reach sexual …


Split over LGBT issues shakes United Methodist churches in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene

A 16-member committee of bishops and other church leaders announced Friday they had agreed to spin off a “traditionalist Methodist” denomination that would uphold bans on same-sex marriage and the …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Methodists propose split in gay marriage, clergy impasse

A group of United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides is proposing an amicable separation


Family: Man stabbed in Hanukkah attack may have brain damage

The family of a man wounded in the Hanukkah stabbings north of New York City says he may have permanent brain damage and be partially paralyzed for the rest of …


Faith and Values: Feeling stuck? Go create

Sometimes allowing ourselves to do our work badly – work which is so important, which is so worth doing – is what allows us to do it at all.


Faith and Values: Jesus challenged religious, political status quo of his time – and ours

When we celebrate Jesus’ birth only as a “Jesus sweet and mild” newborn, we unconsciously dismiss the radically prophetic message his birth and whole life embodied.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

Pope denounces ‘rigidity’ as he warns of Christian decline

Pope Francis is warning that “rigidity“ in living out the Christian faith is creating a “minefield“ of hatred and misunderstanding.


Faith and Values: Christmas gifts are are not ends but byproducts of relationship with God

Let the incarnation – God clothed in humanity, born of a virgin – remind us that there is nothing we can do for our salvation, it must be a work …


100 years ago in Spokane: Group suggests ‘educational treats’ as alternative to amoral movies

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union offered an alternative to the Sunday movie matinee. They suggested “educational treats,” meaning musical concerts and “biblical and educational films,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


Faith and Values: Why people of faith shouldn’t support President Trump

This isn’t my usual “feel good” column. I thought hard about whether to write this or not, as I never want to alienate people, but I’ve heard the chatter and …


100 years ago in Spokane: Lecturer warns students against ‘degeneracy’ of jazz

A lecturer urged North Central High School students to cut out everything to do with “jazz” – including the music, the slang and the dress.


Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has resigned following widespread criticism over how he handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct


100 years ago in Spokane: Anti-Catholic group blamed for departure of school principal

Bertha Storey of the Horace Mann School had insisted the school board uphold the dismissal of a janitor who’d been disseminating an anti-Catholic newspaper within the school to students and …


Faith and Values: Each opportunity to be thankful is an offering plate for gratitude

Each day between now and including Thanksgiving Day, be very conscious of the little things for which you are thankful – in your home, at work, with friends, even with …


Aaron Putzke: The dangers of rejecting science

Now more than ever it is true that if we do not choose the path of a life well examined, using faith, reason and evidence, we risk losing everything.


Francis fulfills dream, goes to Japan as missionary pope

Pope Francis will fulfill his dream to be a missionary in Japan when he arrives for a three-day visit with two main aims: to appeal for nuclear disarmament and minister …


Faith and Values: The transformative power of Kanye West – and Christ

If nothing else, Kanye West’s very public change can teach us about the radical transformational power of the atonement of Jesus Christ.


Controversial church aims to ‘make Moscow a Christian town’

An area of progressive values in a part of the state and country that is deeply red, Moscow is just about perfect for a lot of residents. But leaders of …


Faith and Values: Don’t just cope with disillusionment, learn from it

I have dreams for our community to become stronger, to move forward. To do that we need to push through the smog — the discouragement — and find the other, …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Christian centers turn to contraception to offer abortion alternatives

When a low-income woman searches for reproductive care, she often goes to a Planned Parenthood clinic, where she’s treated as a patient with an array of medical options. Or she …


Faith and Values: A mind at rest is a mind surrendered to God

Rather than encouraging laziness, each approaching Sabbath urged God’s people to work efficiently, knowing a day without work was coming.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Timothy Egan shares stories of spiritual journey in hometown return to Spokane

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Spokane native Timothy Egan brought his sense of humor with him Tuesday when he spoke to a packed house at the Bing Crosby Theater about the …