US bishops in Wash. to discuss policy issues

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. Roman Catholic bishops will meet in Bellevue, Wash., this week to vote on a document opposing physician-assisted suicide and discuss policy revisions adopted in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' spring meeting takes place Wednesday through Friday at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. The Seattle Times says new leaders of Washington state's three dioceses in Seattle, Yakima and Spokane will gather with about 300 of their fellow bishops.

The bishops' agenda also includes a briefing on their efforts to keep marriage between one man and one woman.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in a statement that the church must response to renewed efforts in the assisted suicide movement. Oregon legalized physician-assisted suicide in 1994. Washington citizens in 2008 passed an initiative allowing doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication for terminally ill patients seeking to hasten their death.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com