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et tutu, brutute?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 28, 2007

Archbishop Desmond Tutu "declares himself ashamed that, on the 'long journey from Calvary to Lambeth', the Church [of England] has become homophobic" -- An article in the Church Times tells us so. And the BBC's former South Africa correspondent explains why the Archbishop is deserving of our attention:

“[Tutu's] moral authority -- inside and outside the Church -- is unique. When he says his Church has lost its way, is obsessed with people's private lives rather than the great public issues of war and disease and oppression; that it is obeying fallible scripture rather than the divine priorities of Christ -- the world listens."

"Fallible scripture" is contrasted with "the divine priorities of Christ." Excellent. And where, exactly, did Desmond (and chums) learn about Christ's divine priorities?

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2007 10:38 AM ET USA

    In Britain a good class of degree is called a First, or a Two One. What we'd call a "Bishop Two Two" was always something of a disappointment.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 28, 2007 10:10 PM ET USA

    In his native language, Tutu roughly translated means: "Minute 14.5 of fame."

  • Posted by: - Nov. 28, 2007 5:52 PM ET USA

    We all need a servant at the back end of our chariot muttering "you, too, are mortal." Or is that supposed to be our well-formed conscience?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 28, 2007 4:18 PM ET USA

    What I find terrifying and what has caused me deep thinking and prayer is the knowledge that the World sees Tutu, Dalai Lama, Al Sharpton, et al. as "RELIGIOUS LEADERS". My terror comes from the knowledge of how few people will be saved and that I am under continual attack from Satan, the World and the Flesh and that I COULD BE LOST. The "religions" the World recognizes is Satanic nonsense to lead many to their damnation. Only GRACE from Christ through His Church can save any of us.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 28, 2007 2:01 PM ET USA

    Every time the name 'Desmond Tutu' comes up I can't help but remember Bill Buckley's comment that he always gives the impression of meddling, even when he's not.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 28, 2007 1:19 PM ET USA

    Sir William, you've hit the nail on the head! The bien-pensant West has turned him into a demi-god.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 28, 2007 1:03 PM ET USA

    " . . . is obsessed with people's private lives rather than the great public issues of war and disease and oppression." Right. And our Lord Himself focused exclusively on the Roman occupation of Israel, its policy of militaristic expansion, and the economic impact of the Empire on the cost of clay pots. The individual sinner, like Zachaeus the tax collector who climbed the tree to glimpse the Lord, just wasn't within His purview. He (Zachaeus) was small potatoes.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 28, 2007 10:15 AM ET USA

    Sounds more like the poor man is beginning to believe that he IS Christ.

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