In a new biography, Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he is "ashamed" of his Anglican Church's conservative trend to reject gays and gay priests.
The strong pro-gay support comes in the forthcoming, Rabble-rouser for Peace, the first authorized bio of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The retired archbishop criticizes Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams for conceding the gay-priest issue to conservative factions—particularly African bishops—in the 77 million-member Anglican Communion, which includes Episcopalians in the United States.
Tutu wrote that he was "ashamed to be Anglican" in a 1998 letter to Williams' predecessor, Archbishop George Carey. This was after the Lambeth Conference of Bishops rejected the ordination of practicing gays, saying their sexuality were "incompatible with scripture." Tutu was outspoken in supporting the ordination of openly gay Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire in 2003.
Rabble-rouser for Peace will be published on October 7th. Today, excerpts began appearing in South African media.
Tutu Expresses Shame at Church (San Jose Mercury News)