RIP Desmond Tutu – prophet, priest and archbishop to the world

Dec 26, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

Desmond Tutu was known throughout the world as a man of peace and passion; of faith and politics; of moral conscience and fiery wit. He was honoured and lauded on earth like no other priest in history: Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Companion of Honour, Légion d’honneur, the Order for Meritorious Service, the Templeton Prize, the Pacem in Terris Award, around a hundred honorary degrees and various fellowships. Verily, you may say, he has received his reward.

But he has now departed this life and entered into the Kingdom of God: his tireless labours for civil rights, peace and reconciliation are now at an end. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

People will cavil at a few things he has said or done over his decades of Christian ministry, but nothing can eclipse his mission of love and his passion for racial equality; the perpetual hope that the black man might be seen to be as much on God’s side as the white man, and that both may coexist in harmony and mutual respect. His was a theology of liberation, inclusion and dignity in a world of oppression, sectarianism and racism, and his heart was always for the individual soul of the person, not the generic traits or indelible histories of a people.

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See also: In pictures: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, BBC

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