Tutu urges gay clergy to remain celibate
August 12 2003 12:00 AM ET
Former South African Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu said on Sunday that he doesn't see what "all the fuss" is over regarding the appointment of a gay bishop, but he urged gay clergy to remain celibate. The appointment of the first openly gay bishop by the Episcopal Church USA has threatened to split the Anglican Church and its 70 million followers worldwide. The crisis has prompted the archbishop of Canterbury, who heads the Anglican community, to call an emergency summit.
"For us that doesn't make a difference, the sexual orientation," Tutu told Reuters Television. "In our church here in South Africa, the Anglican Church in South Africa, that doesn't make a difference. We just say that at the moment we believe that they should remain celibate and we don't see what all the fuss is about."
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