SEATTLE – Archbishop J. Peter Sartain released a letter to the people of the Archdiocese of Seattle April 29 to “offer some background” about why he asked Pope Francis to appoint a coadjutor archbishop of Seattle. Read the full letter below.
Below is the text of the homily Archbishop J. Peter Sartain delivered at the Easter Vigil Mass April 20 at St. James Cathedral in Seattle:
Each Monday night, the Liturgy of the Hours ends with a prayer that never fails to catch my attention: “Lord, give our bodies restful sleep and let the work we have done today bear fruit in eternal life.”
We stand at a pivotal point in the great moral debate over abortion in our country — not because new arguments have emerged, but rather because laws so breathtaking in their barbarism have been passed, and a film so visceral in its presentation of the reality of abortion has found a wide audience. As John Henry Newman reminded us, assent to a proposition is rarely a matter of acquiescing to rational demonstration alone; instead, it often has to do with the accumulation of argument, image, impression, experience, and witness.