Tutu apologises for persecution of gays

Publish Date: 17/12/2007

Archbishop Desmond TutuThe Archbishop recently criticised the church for being 'obsessed' with homosexuality but speaking on the only gay programme on the BBC he goes further and says he's 'sorry'.

Speaking from Capetown in an interview to be broadcast this Monday evening, Desmond Tutu tells presenter Ashley Byrne: 'I want to apologise to you and to all those who we in the church have persecuted. I'm sorry that we have been part of the persecution of a particular group. For me that is quite un Christ like and, for that reason, it is unacceptable.

He goes on to say: 'May be even as a retired Archbishop I probably have, to some extent, a kind of authority but apart from anything let me say for myself and anyone who might want to align themselves with me, I'm sorry. I'm sorry for the hurt, for the rejection, for the anguish that we have caused to such as ourselves.'

The interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu can be heard this Monday night from 8pm on BBC Radio Manchester (95.1fm in Manchester), on Dab Digital Radio or on line at bbc.co.uk/manchester. The programme can be heard up to a week after it's broadcast via 'listen again' and by clicking on LGBT Citizen Manchester. The full interview will also be available at www.canal-st.co.uk shortly after it's broadcast.