Pro-Life Group Against Desmond Tutu's Appearance at Catholic Church

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:04 PM EDT

( - A pro-life group is urging a Catholic cardinal to block Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu from speaking at a Catholic church in Chicago, Ill., because of Tutu's pro-abortion views.

The American Life League is opposed to Tutu's upcoming appearance at St. Sabina's Catholic Church.

"While the rest of the Catholic Church will welcome the beginning of Holy Week this Palm Sunday, St. Sabina's will be welcoming a man who not only supports abortion, but has been openly critical of the Catholic Church's teachings, including its stance in opposition to contraception," said ALL President Judie Brown in a statement.

"It is disgraceful that Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina's is once again being allowed to [use] his parish as breeding ground for beliefs and teachings that are antithetical to the Church," she said.

Brown referred to an announcement on the church's website that says Tutu is returning for his second visit and will preach at a "celebration honoring Dr. Marin Luther King Jr."

Pflegler calls Tutu "a living history of hope," but Brown pointed to a recent report out of South Africa with the headline, "Tutu Slams Catholic Sex Stance."

"It is our hope that the people of St. Sabina's will join in the reading of the Passion during Palm Sunday Mass and not dishonor this sacred day by listening to a non-Catholic clergyman who fails to uphold the sanctity of life of all God's children," Brown said.

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