The Splendor of Love

A Pastoral Letter from

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila
Archbishop of Denver


“Blessed Paul VI taught us … that the Church’s mission is essentially one of evangelization, the sharing of the Good News of our salvation.  This good news includes the truth about human love and sexuality.  Many in our culture consider the Church’s teaching to be bad news, a burden and source of repression, but we must express it as part of the Good News, which will help people to overcome the many burdens and wounds that follow from our broken families and sexuality.  In the Gospel, Jesus teaches us, ‘I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.’  Jesus desires our happiness.  Every Catholic has a mission to live and share the good news of God’s plan for human sexuality.  This requires courage to stand against the prevailing cultural winds, but Jesus calls us to nothing less.  Only living in the truth will give us true freedom, true love, and true happiness.”

–Archbishop Aquila, The Splendor of Love

To see how The Splendor of Love brilliantly dovetails with the Gianna mission, see the full pastoral letter here.