‘A fine tribute to a leader we both loved’

Archbishop Hunthausen in an anti-Trident rally at the gates of the Bangor base, late 1980s. (Photo by Elizabeth M. Harburg, Northwest Progress, newspaper of Seattle archdiocese)

Dear Frank,

I have now read A Disarming Spirit, and found it marvelous. Your scholarship and writing style flowed together in a fine tribute to a leader we both loved. So well did you recall him and that era that I was emotionally overwhelmed for a while.

You lay out his theology and spiritually well. I loved learning about his early life and how it shaped him.

Your probing of the extent to which Hunthausen and [Jim] Douglass (and the rest of us) were eventually targets of government surveillance, while no surprise to me, was beyond anything I had uncovered.”

–Charlie Meconis, a pacifist and anti-nuke activist,
directed the Seattle Religious Peace Action Coalition.

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