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St. James Cathedral in Seattle.

Washington state asks court to force Seattle Archdiocese to comply with abuse inquiry

May 10, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The attorney general’s office said it had sent subpoenas to Washington’s three Catholic bishoprics but that the Seattle Archdiocese “refused... Read more

Seattle Archbishop Paul Etienne.

Seattle Archdiocese announces plan to merge parishes

Feb 5, 2024

By Daniel Payne

A shortage in priests and resources compelled the archdiocese to restructure. Read more

St. James Cathedral, Seattle.

Seattle archdiocese says parishes must merge due to decline in number of Catholics 

Jan 24, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

“With all of the changes that we’re facing today — globally, culturally and within the Church — it’s very clear... Read more

Father Frank Schuster, who was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle March 8, 2022.

Pope Francis names Washington priest as an auxiliary bishop of Seattle

Mar 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Father Frank Schuster said he had to pick ‘my jaw up from the floor’ after learning of the appointment. Read more

Saint James Cathedral, Seattle, Wa.

Longtime Catholic schools leader to head Seattle archdiocese task force

Jun 22, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Leading education expert Father Ronald Nuzzi will head a task force for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle, with... Read more

Saint James Cathedral, Seattle, Wa.

In Seattle, public Masses suspended, but prayer and ministry continue

Mar 12, 2020

The Archdiocese of Seattle has suspended public Masses and closed some Catholic schools, but priests in the archdiocese have been... Read more

Archbishop Paul Etienne. CNA file photo.

Seattle archdiocese suspends all public Masses amid coronavirus pandemic

Mar 11, 2020

The Archdiocese of Seattle will indefinitely suspend public Masses in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has left at least... Read more

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After LGBT teachers resign, Seattle archbishop says teachers must be Gospel witnesses

Feb 21, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

After students at a Catholic high school in Washington state staged protests in support of two teachers who resigned their... Read more

Saint James Cathedral, Seattle, Wa.

Seattle Catholic schools to require vaccinations 

Oct 3, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Children who attend Catholic schools administered by the Archdiocese of Seattle must be vaccinated and can no longer claim personal... Read more

Archbishops Sartain and Etienne. CNA file photos.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Sartain of Seattle for medical reasons

Sep 3, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Tuesday accepted the resignation of Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, who will be succeeded by Archbishop Paul... Read more

St. Therese Parish, Seattle.  Photo: Archdiocese of Seattle

Dupont: I was 'absolutely' unaware Seattle man was planning suicide

Aug 30, 2019

A priest who was photographed blessing a man planning to commit medically assisted suicide said Friday that he was unaware... Read more

Robert Fuller receives a blessing at St. Therese Catholic church May 5 in Seattle. He died five days later. Photo: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press. (Not licensed for reproduction)

UPDATED: Facebook posts contradict Seattle archdiocese claims on parishioner’s planned suicide

Aug 28, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Social media posts made by Robert Fuller suggest that he scheduled his funeral with his parish days before his suicide, and... Read more

Silhouette of a doctor walking in a hurry in the hospital corridor.

Seattle bishops to 'review' blessing of assisted suicide advocate

Aug 27, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The Archdiocese of Seattle is facing questions after a local man received a formal Catholic blessing at Mass shortly before... Read more