His Excellency giving the Invocation. Credit: Jose Aguirre/Walk for Life West Coast

Great words from Archbishop Sample! The Catholic Sentinel is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland–and of course their great Archbishop Alexander Sample was here celebrating the Walk for Life West Coast Mass and gave the invocation. Excerpt from the story:

“It is our witness of the gospel of life that will change the hearts of many,” the Archbishop Sample said during his homily in San Francisco’s Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. “But we must proclaim it and never grow weary and never lose heart.”

The archbishop, now a member of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ pro-life committee, urged prayer and aid for those who have an unplanned pregnancy and for those in need of healing after abortion.

Archbishop Sample said that for many in today’s wrongheaded culture, the value of a child seems to come from whether it is wanted.

“That is so wrong,” the archbishop said, explaining that dignity is God-given and intrinsic. Science, he explained, confirms this, showing that the unborn child is never just tissue, but is a unique human with his or her own genetic code.

“It is a horror to think one human being decides on the worth and value of another human being,” the archbishop told worshippers.

A busload of seminarians from Mount Angel joined thousands of other young people at the Mass and walk in San Francisco.

“You will rock the world and you will finally change this horror in our culture and society,” the archbishop said during his homily in a special message to young people. “We are counting on you.”

In an interview with EWTN television from San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, the archbishop said he thinks “the tide is turning,” because young people are seeing the truth about the unborn. He said he thinks the surge of pro-abortion lobbying may be a “last gasp” of a movement that is waning.

Before marchers set out onto the streets of San Francisco, the archbishop offered an invocation, saying, “We pray, Father, that the day would come soon that we would not need to gather in this way.” 

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