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Respecting the dignity and value of every human being

Archbishop Murphy was an unrelenting advocate for the gift of life. He believed with every fiber of his being that all of God’s people should be treated with dignity, equality and respect.

The archbishop shared the following thoughts in a column commemorating the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “At the heart of our existence as human beings is the fact that all people are created in the image and likeness of God. We are daughters and sons of a God who has shared the gift of life with us. Though there are differences among people because of race, language and culture, we share a common humanity which makes us brothers and sisters to one another. These differences should not be a cause of prejudice, but rather a source of enrichment.

“There is no better reminder to us of our obligation to respect each and every person than to read the Last Judgment scene in the Gospel of Matthew. At the end of time, the ultimate question will be whether we have seen the face of God in those around us, especially the poor, the needy, the hungry. This year’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day should be a day when we strive to respect the human dignity and value of each and every human being.”

Click here to read Archbishop Murphy’s January 11, 1996 Catholic Northwest Progress “In Joy and Hope” column – “Human dignity, unity and life.”

Click here to view a video of the Very Reverend George L. Thomas, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Seattle, describing how Archbishop Murphy made inclusivity a priority in all aspects of his ministry.

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