Archbishop apologises to the gays

Publish Date: 04/01/2008

The Archbishop, who is arguably one of the most respected and recognisable members of the Christian Church made the statement while being interviewed by Ashley Byrne on Gay Hour (LGBT Citizen Manchester) - the only exclusively gay radio show on the BBC.

The programme, which broadcasts every Monday night from 8pm-9pm on 95.1FM and 104.6FM originally contacted the Archbishop at his Cape Town home for his thoughts on why the church is so 'obsessed' with homosexuality.

In response the Archbishop apologised directly to Byrne, stating: 'I want to apologise to you and 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 added: '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 yourselves.'