Dress in an all white suit with matching hat and shoes, self proclaimed Guyanese Pope, Dr. Philbert London, returned to the throne in his Durban Street Church this morning to offer an apology for the sex scandal involving him and a number of women, that has rocked his church.
London arrived at the Church early and stayed out of the auditorium as members sang hymns and songs of praise. But just after 12 noon, he emerged in the main auditorium to loud support from his congregation and with his i-pad in hand, he sat and started to tell them that he is sorry.
Recognizing the presence of the media in his church, Dr. London asked that his statement be streamed live on Facebook.
“Take your phones out and stream. Put it on live on Facebook”, he said, as members of his congregation shouted “Amen”.
He said “these last few days have been the saddest season of my life. And had it not been for the grace of God and the kindness and support of my immediate family, Ministers, Congregation and friends, I could not even be here before you”
London then went on to plead for forgiveness as he expressed remorse for the sex scandal.
“I am here to tell you from the depths of my heart that I am sorry for anything, sorrow, embarrassment or shame that many would have experienced and in may cases are still experiencing as a result of what has happened”, he said.
“We forgive you Papa”, members of the small church shouted as he pleaded for their forgiveness. He said he would not wish what happened to him on his worst enemy and warned members of the congregation about storing sensitive information.
One of his forgiving church members, Attorney, Excellence Dazzell, stood and give testimony about the goodness of the “Pope”.
She recalled how he supported her during her studies at University.
It was the same Dr. London who encouraged the Attorney to change her name from Oceia Parris to Excellence Dazzell.
The apology by London came one week after racy images of him and at least three women were leaked to social media, showing him having sex with them all. A video recording was also released showing the preacher and a woman who referred to him as “daddy” having sex.
It is believed that all of the women are linked to his church.