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Our security is in a loving, caring God. We must dismantle our weapons of terror and place our reliance on God.

Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen

A Disarming Spirit opens with Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen’s historic 1981 speech denouncing the Trident nuclear submarine fleet harbored in his archdiocese. At that time Hunthausen had been a Catholic bishop for nearly 20 years, and archbishop of Seattle for six. The speech would be a defining moment in his life and the life of the Catholic church in America.

The book then traces a range of religion and society issues that shaped Hunthausen’ tenure, and digs deep into the story of turmoil as he faced not only the wrath of secular powers but also scrutiny from the ”restorationist” papacy of John Paul II and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, when the central authority of the Catholic Church turned away from the Vatican II model of church so vital to Hunthausen.

The book, with three major parts, Conscience, Courage, and Character, allows us to understand not only the contours of Hunthausen’s whole life but also some of the larger social forces surrounding an intimate and compelling story of prophetic witness and deep spirituality for peace and justice.


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A Disarming Spirit
The Life of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen

Publisher: Tsehai Publishers
Author : Frank Fromherz
Language : English
Publication date : 01/14/2019
Paperback | $29.95
ISBN : 978-1-941392-12-6
Hardcover | $49.95
ISBN : 978-1-941392-13-3