Archbishop Desmond Tutu pleaded with the Anglican Communion to show unity as it tries to reconcile the views of liberals and evangelicals over homosexuality.

“The Anglican church prides itself — and this is one of its greatest attributes — it prides itself on being the church that is comprehensive, meaning that it includes all kinds of points of view,” he told Sky News.

“One of the sadnesses about the current crisis is that we seem to be jettisoning this wonderful inclusivity that is a characteristic of our church.”

Archbishop Tutu’s comments come as a high profile sermon by the gay Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson was interrupted by a protester.

Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner told a gay audience in April “How sad it is that the Church should be so obsessed with this particular issue of human sexuality when God’s children are facing massive problems; poverty, disease, corruption, conflict.”

Tutu, a 76-year-old veteran of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle and the winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, said he felt the church should move together on the topic of homosexuality.