Archbishop Desmond Tutu has again slammed the Anglican Church’s obsession with homosexuality and said that he wouldn’t worship a homophobic god in a BBC interview.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Tutu said that despite issues such as poverty and the spread of AIDS, “…our Church, especially the Anglican Church, at this time is almost obsessed with questions of human sexuality.”
Tutu called the church “extraordinarily homophobic” in how it has handled the ordination of gay clergy, adding that he felt “saddened” and “ashamed” about the matter.
He added that he would continue to feel ashamed “…If we are going to not welcome or invite people because of sexual orientation, yes.
“If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn’t worship that God,” he said in the interview.
The interview will be aired on the programme From Calvary To Lambeth on Tuesday, 27 November.
The global Anglican Church is facing a split between its liberal and conservative branches over the issue of gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex unions.
African Anglican leaders have been particularly vocal in opposing the recognition of gays and lesbians in the church.