Tutu ashamed of being Anglican over gay issue

September 22, 2006

JOHANNESBURG — Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu once told the archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, that he was "ashamed to be an Anglican" over the worldwide Anglican communion's attitude to gays and lesbians, according to an excerpt from his authorized biography, written by his former press secretary John Allen.

The book, which is being released next week – Rabble Rouser for Peace þ said this was Tutu's reaction after the bishops of the communion rejected a proposal to reconsider the church's attitude towards gays and lesbians.

The book also notes that Tutu – who retired as Anglican archbishop of Cape Town in 1996 – criticized Carey's successor, Rowan Williams, the head of the worldwide Anglican communion, for being "too accommodating of conservative Anglican leaders working for the expulsion of North American Anglicans who are tolerant of homosexuality".

If the conservatives did not like the Anglican communion's inclusiveness, Tutu told Allen "then (they) have freedom to leave". – Issued by www.inet.co.za, © all rights reserved

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