Archbishop Tutu has again decried the Anglican Church for its obsession with sexuality.
The 76 year old Nobel Laureate and veteran of the apartheid struggle was speaking at a conference of church leaders in London when he made the comments.
“God is weeping,” said Tutu about the church’s continued focus on sexuality instead of it targeting poverty and injustice.
He claimed that some church members’ ongoing attack on gays and lesbians was “persecuting the already persecuted”.
“We seem to be engaging in this kind of, almost, pastime [while] there’s poverty, hunger, disease, corruption. I must imagine that God is weeping, and the world quite rightly should dismiss the Church in those cases as being totally irrelevant.”
Archbishop Tutu has often criticized segments of the Anglican Church for its homophobia. “If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn’t worship that God,” he said in a 2007 interview with BBC radio.
In April he was given the OUTSPOKEN Award by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission for “his leadership as a global ally of the LGBTI community”.