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Denver Archbishop releases letter on Roe v. Wade anniversary
Archbishop Samuel Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver released his first pastoral letter Jan. 22 on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.
Archbishop Aquila’s pastoral letter, “40 Years of the Culture of Death,” is his first since he was named archbishop of Denver.
In the letter, the archbishop recounts how his exposure to abortion as a college student awakened him to the truth of the dignity of human life.
“I witnessed the death of two small people who never had the chance to take a breath. I can never forget that,” Archbishop Aquila wrote. “And I have never been the same. My faith was weak at the time. But I knew by reason, and by what I saw, that a human life was destroyed. My conscience awakened to the truth of the dignity of the human being from the moment of conception. I became pro-life and eventually returned to my faith.”
The archbishop exhorts the faithful to “stand up” and commit to a culture of life.
“Today is a day to repent. But with repentance comes resolve to start anew,” he wrote. “The 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade is a day to commit to a culture of life. Today the Lord is calling us to stand up.”
Read the pastoral letter online at www.archden.org.