DESMOND TUTU TO BOW OUTGRACEFULLY AND FULL OF GRACE

From THE BBC:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has announced he is to withdraw from public life. After his 79th birthday in October, he said, he would reduce his work-load to one day a week before retiring. That work would be devoted to The Elders, a group appointed by former President Nelson Mandela to tackle the world's most pressing problems. While he said he would honour his existing appointments, he described how his schedule had grown more punishing over time.

"The time has come to slow down," he told reporters.

He said he wanted to spend more time enjoying life with his wife, watching cricket, or cuddling his grandchildren.

COMMENT: I only hope this isn't Tutu not wanting to burden us with something worse and that he gets to spend a long and active retirement with his family.

However, much as he may retire physically from the world stage I very much doubt that he will retire that great, big, righteous, wonderful mouth of his. And long may it proclaim the truth to a world whose leaders would rather it didn't.

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DESMOND TUTU TO BOW OUTGRACEFULLY AND FULL OF GRACE — 49 Comments

  1. Great picture and caption!

    “I very much doubt that he will retire that great, big, righteous, wonderful mouth of his.”

    Yes, MP! I hope he never shuts up!!

  2. A few years ago Archbishop Tutu arrived in Puerto Rico for a speaking engagement…the WHOLE of the island seemed to pay great homage to him…for days he was given FRONT PAGE dominate coverage in all newspapers, Spanish and English and he was warmly received at the Senate of Puerto Rico…Archbishop Tutu openly spoke about Legal Civil Partnerships for LGBT Puerto Ricans, Americans and ALL citizens of the World. He still does.

    Not only is ++Desmond a friend of Latinos, Africanos and Europeons and Asians of all stripes, he loves God and LOVES his neighbor like non-other I´ve ever seen.

    I hope he doesn´t drift too far from our everyday sight…I´m selfish when it comes to the greatest living symbol of Anglicanism…more is always better when lives/Souls are enlightened by genuine Christian lamplighters.

  3. Mimi, in that pic you seem to be sitting on Archbishop Tutu’s knee. Is there something you would like to tell us? …

  4. You would definitely get a hug, Mimi! He’s like that. When I first met him, I reached for his hand (I was going to kiss his ring) and he just immediately wrapped me in a wonderful bear hug!

    He’s a dear, dear man.

  5. You are right, Leonardo. And what’s more I think Tutu would accept the responsibility. This is why I am worried that his cancer has returned.

  6. Cathy. This is happening in 2015 long after Mimi’s long suffering husband finally had enough and ran off with the local polk salad seller. So if Mimi and Desmond find happiness together in the twilight of their years on earth, I don’t think we should begrudge them it. I only hope Desmond has enough stamina to cope with Mimi’s demands in the bedroom department.

  7. But by the sound of Ellie’s comment, Archbishop Tutu has been getting up close and personal with her, as well as Mimi. Are there any other OCICBW ladies he has been seeing in addition to these two, one might ask? … No wonder he feels the need to slow down.

  8. Cathy, if I sat on the good archbishop’s knee, I’d crush it.

    Ellie, I’ll expect a bear hug, then.

    Paul, to laugh with him would be lovely.

    I hope dear Tutu is not ill. Perhaps traveling is too much for him now. The journeys take a toll once you reach a certain age.

  9. Cathy, if I sat on the good archbishop’s knee, I’d crush it.

    Oh Mimi, you would not!! What rubbish.

    Mad Priest – I am sure all our lives are enriched by the way you take your duty as an Englishman so very seriously 🙂

    PS you know there’s an academic tome called “Penetrating Wagner’s Ring”?

  10. Yes, I did, Cathy. In fact I have read the Australian edition of the book, “Penetrating Wagner’s Ring Down Under.”

  11. Penetrating Wagner’s Ring Down Under? …

    Someone had to, I guess.

    You’re on good form today, Mad Priest.

  12. None of us have forgotten and all of us are hard at prayer.

    I think you should ask Mimi and Ellie to use female blandishments on Archbishop Tutu on your behalf.

  13. A few years ago + + Tutu came to our Cathedral in Providence, ri. Our bishop is Geralyn Wolfe who is both courageous and radical at times. He is so frail that he looks as tho a slight wind would carry him off. He preached, of course, but when the service ended, African drummers appeared around the edges of the church and +Geralyn Wolfe and ++ Tutu joined hands and danced (side by side hand in hand) around the whole church and out to the sacristy while the drums thundered. It was totally surprising & thrilling and fun.
    Two great Anglicans dancing like the Children of God that they both are!

  14. That man is so full of life. The right kind of life. He lights up any place he is. I heard him speak at graduation at my seminary and it was a joy. And yes he and Mimi are troublemakers, but of the very best kind.

  15. The only thing better than one troublemaker is two.

    I, too, hope that Archbishop Tutu enjoys a long active retirement with his family doing the things he wants to do.

  16. I had the supreme pleasure and honor of meeting Archbishop Tutu up close and personal. He visited our Cathedral in the Diocese of New Jersey in the fall of 2004.

    As the church photographer I had the opportunity to visit with just him and our Bishop Councell prior to the service. I was also assigned to read at the Eucharist that day. Meeting him and being in his presence for several hours is an experience I shall never forget!

    Long live Abp. Tutu!

  17. He wasn’t made welcome by our Anglican “leaders” when he came here to Sydney. So that’s another feather in his cap.

    (He was made welcome, of course, by those Anglicans here who haven’t bowed the knee to Baal)

  18. My favorite quote from his retirement statement

    “Marrying Leah was the best decision I made in my life. Now I will have the time to serve her hot chocolate in bed in the mornings, as any doting husband should.”

    I heard him speak in New Orleans at my first General Convention – it changed my life.

  19. Desmond Tutu is, I believe, the only person in the world who commands universal moral authority.

    That other person in the picture would be universally recognized also, but for the exception of some Geordie priest who is occasionally heard from in opposition.

  20. I was in a lift with him once in St Andrew’s!
    word verification taterot; didn’t that cause a famine in Ireland?

  21. I heard him speak in New Orleans at my first General Convention – it changed my life.

    I’m kicking myself until today that I wasn’t there. I was not an Episcopalian then, but still….

  22. It is rare to know you are in the presence of holiness. He radiates it.

    The problem with the picture is the idea that either of them should ever stop being trouble makers. The communion contrary to Canon Kearon’s idiot ideas needs trouble makers and diversity.

    FWIW
    jimB

  23. It is rare to know you are in the presence of holiness. He radiates it.

    The problem with the picture is the idea that either of them should ever stop being trouble makers. The communion contrary to Canon Kearon’s idiot ideas needs trouble makers and diversity.

    FWIW
    jimB

  24. You are all too kind, and you make me blush.

    Abp. Tutu is 78. In two years, I shall take his example and withdraw from public life. No more interviews, speeches, etc., etc., etc.

  25. Tom doesn’t drink hot chocolate, or tea, or coffee. I’d consider taking him a cup of milk in bed, but he always wakes up before me, and he’d have to wait in bed for an hour or two.

  26. What does Tom drink first thing in the morning then? … Speaking for myself I find your moonshine is the only thing galvanising enough to really get me going first thing, Mimi.

  27. You latecomers to this Blog of Brilliance don’t know what you missed in the lost years of OCICBW – long comment threads with “discussions” about polk salat/poke salad, BBQ, red beans and rice, including recipes! – a virtual Julia Child experience.

  28. Cathy, MP has been there and done that.

    In the halcyon days, BT (before trolls), the best moments for those of us in the US were when our host was snoozing away. We’d go wild and say whatever we wanted about MP, completely forgetting that he’d wake and read what we wrote. What did we care, because, by then, we were asleep?

    I go back to the very earliest days when I read, but remained silent. The only comments came from anonymous, who also appeared to be somewhat mad, but not funny, a fascinating period in the history of OCICBW. Oh, and if memory serves, there was also a Mr Mad, who was somewhat scary.