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
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