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Tutu Foundation slams ‘bigoted’ Church of England for barring Mpho Tutu from leading godfather’s funeral | News24



Marceline and Mpho Tutu van Furth.

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  • The Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation has slammed the Church of England after it refused to permit the Archbishop’s daughter, Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, from presiding over the funeral of her godfather.
  • The basis described it as “callous treatment”.
  • The Church of England prohibits LGBTQ clergy from marrying same-sex companions.

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation has lashed out on the Church of England after it barred the archbishop’s daughter, Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, from presiding over the funeral of her godfather, Martin Kenyon. 

The basis described it as “callous treatment”.

“It is with deep dismay that the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation learned of the callous treatment of Mpho Tutu-van Furth over the last week. Through the decision to disallow Mpho Tutu-Van Furth from presiding over the funeral of her godfather, Martin Kenyon, the Church has again taken a position that undermines the safety, dignity, and value of members of the LGBTQIA community, and all human beings,” the inspiration stated.

Tutu-Van Furth was ordained in 2003, however has been banned from working as an Anglican priest in South Africa since marrying her spouse, Marceline Tutu van Furth, in 2015. The Church of England bans LGBTQ clergy from marrying same-sex companions. 

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The riff got here after Tutu-Van Furth’s godfather had particularly requested that she preside over his funeral when the couple visited him in April. But following Kenyon’s demise in London final week, the Church of England outright refused it. 

Kenyon, a long-time good friend of Tutu, died in London on the age of 92 not too long ago.

Tutu-Van Furth instructed the BBC in an interview that it “seemed really churlish and hurtful”.

Archbishop Tutu was a fierce advocate for the rights of the LGBTIQA+ group. 

The Tutu Foundation stated the “Arch” had maintained his personal outspoken activism inside the Anglican Church and had expressed his misery and the ache he felt in direction of the church about their elimination of his daughter’s licence as a priest due to her resolution to marry the human being she liked. 

“One of the great struggles of members of the LGBTQIA community is that it is within the most intimate parts of their lives that their humanity is often most policed – in their families and their religious communities, in marriage, in parenthood, and in death. Rather than upholding the ‘Golden Rule’ which is so central to all religions – that  we treat each other as we wish to be treated,” the inspiration stated. 

It added that, whereas there have been levels to which this homophobia and discrimination was meted out, any curbing of the dignity of individuals needed to be vociferously challenged.

“As the Tutu Legacy Foundation, we will continue to speak out as the Arch would have done against any positions that undermine the value and dignity of all people. This is why we commented earlier this year on the Muslim Judicial Council’s Fatwa against homosexuality; and why we cannot keep silent in the face of the Church of England’s bigoted position that people in loving same-sex marriages cannot fulfill their professional, and sacrosanct, duties.”




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