Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila writes letter on Roe v Wade anniversary

DENVER - Denver's new Archbishop released his first pastoral letter on Tuesday and it weighs in on a political issue.

Samuel Aquila was named Archbishop of Denver in May.

Tuesday, he released a letter called “40 Years of the Culture of Death.” It refers to the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.

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,” 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 letter on the Archdiocese's website.

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