Church of England bans Tutu’s gay priest daughter from conducting funeral

LONDON: The Church of England confirmed Friday it had ruled out Nobel laureate Desmond’s daughter Tutu from holding a funeral service because she is married to a woman.
A gift Tutu from Furth is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church in the United States, which allows same-sex marriage.
But the Church of England does not allow its priests to engage in same-sex marriages, as it goes against its teaching that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
Same-sex marriage became legal in England in 2013.
Tutu van Furth told the BBC she was asked to attend her godfather’s funeral Martin Kenyanwho had wanted her to take the part.
But the local Church of England diocese vetoed it and Kenyon’s family moved the funeral from a church to a tent so Tutu van Furth could conduct the service.
“It seemed very rude and hurtful,” she told the broadcaster.
The Diocese of Hereford told AFP in a statement: “We recognize that this is a difficult situation. The advice was given in line with current House of Bishops guidelines on same-sex marriage.”
Tutu van Furth had previously lost her license to preside over Holy Communion, weddings, baptisms or funerals in South Africa in 2016 after she married Marceline Tutu van Furth, an Amsterdam-based professor who specializes in childhood infections.
Her father, who died last year, was the former Archbishop of Cape Town and anti-apartheid hero who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.
Tutu also confronted the Anglican Church with its stance on gay rights, saying in 2013: “I wouldn’t worship a God who is homophobic and that’s how deeply I feel about this.”

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