Monday, May 28, 2007

Tutu Hits Out At Gay Priests 'Obsession'

Former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu says the Anglican Church in Africa should put a stop to what he calls its "obsession" with gay priests and same-sex marriages.

Tensions between liberals and conservatives, predominantly over issues of sexuality, are growing in Anglican communities across the world.

Archbishop Tutu says church leaders in Africa are not paying enough attention to problems in Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDS, and the crisis in Darfur.

"There are so many issues crying out for concern and application by the church of its resources, and here we are, I mean, with this kind of extraordinary obsession," the Nobel Peace Prize winner said.

"Certainly there's not been anything like the same standing up to the evil and exercising the prophetic ministry that one would have expected from the church - and that has been very ... distressing."

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