Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Social conservatives object to Desmond Tutu honor at Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. — Social conservatives are objecting to plans by Gonzaga University, a Catholic institution, to give Archbishop Desmond Tutu an honorary degree when he makes a campus appearance in May.

They are objecting because the Nobel laureate's social views contradict Catholic teachings, including support for abortion rights and gay marriage.

More than 700 Gonzaga alumni, staff, faculty and students have signed petitions protesting Tutu's campus appearance and the university's plans to give him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

A statement from the college highlights the archbishop's fight against apartheid and said the college is honored Tutu accepted its invitation.

The Associated Press (“AP”) is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from the AP. Founded in 1846, the AP today is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. The AP considers itself to be the backbone of the world’s information system, serving thousands of daily newspaper, radio, television, and online customers with coverage in text, photos, graphics, audio and video.