“When Archbishop Tutu made his statement about Oxfam‚ saying that he is ‘deeply disappointed’ about the sex scandal‚ I was reminded of all the times I had been sexually abused by Anglican priests."
Shukri said he was “repeatedly and routinely” sexually abused by priests at St Cyprian's cathedral in Kimberley‚ where his maternal family worshipped.
In response to the statement‚ Tutu’s office said on Friday that action should be taken against those who victimised Shukri.
“Archbishop Emeritus Tutu was mortified to learn this week of the suffering Ishtiyaq Shukri has described enduring at the hands of priests in Kimberley. Members of the clergy who break the law or behave immorally are as accountable for their actions – now‚ in the past and in the future – as any other member of God's family‚” the statement said.
It continued that while Tutu had retired from public life‚ he had confidence that the church’s current leadership would take action. “[Tutu] has the utmost faith in archbishop Makgoba's commitment to hold those clergy accused of wrongdoing to account‚ and support those whose trust in the clergy has been betrayed."