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Spokane Bishop Supports Pro-Abortion Rights Commencement Speaker at Gonzaga University
Contact: John Weingarten, 509 499-3261
SPOKANE, Wash., April 9, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- As the controversy over Gonzaga University's selection of pro-abortion rights Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu to deliver its 2012 commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree has grown, Spokane Bishop Blasé Cupich has been contacted in writing and in person asking him to intervene on behalf of the pro-life community. The written requests have gone unanswered.
When Bishop Cupich was asked in person about Gonzaga honoring this commencement speaker who publicly espouses views in fundamental opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church and most other Christian denominations, he indicated support for Gonzaga's decision stating Archbishop Tutu is being honored for the work he did to end Apartheid in South Africa.
The Spokane bishop was told this honor violates the 2004 U.S. Catholics Bishops' directive "Catholics in Political Life" which states, "Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions," to which Bishop Cupich gave no response.
Bishop Cupich Contact Information:
Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453
(509) 358-7305
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