JOHANNESBURG -- Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said that his church's failure to allow women to be ordained was like apartheid and caused him great anguish. "I am very deeply convinced about the rightness of the ordination of women," he said in a statement Tuesday. "I believe it especially in view of my own ministry in seeking to work for justice," said Tutu, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 as a tireless campaigner against Pretoria's race laws. Although 60 percent of the delegates to the Provincial Synod of the 2-million member Anglican Church in Southern Africa voted for a motion to ordain women, it fell short of the required two-thirds vote necessary to change church rules. "Archbishop Tutu likened a refusal to ordain women to apartheid. He said it denied a person access to something on the grounds of something that could not be changed," the statement issued by Tutu's office said. "In the case of apartheid, the denial was on the basis of skin color; in the case of ordination it was on the basis of sex." The issue, which has troubled Anglicans worldwide, has caused particular turmoil in South Africa, where the struggles for the rights of women and of black people are closely identified. Tutu's personal chaplain announced earlier Tuesday he had asked to leave the priesthood in protest. "This decision, which refuses ordination to women on the grounds of their sex . . . is a decision fundamentally at odds with the thinking of the church," the Rev. Chris Ahrends said. Tutu had asked him to reconsider the decision, he added. "I hope that the next time we come to deal with it, it will be in a way that would not tear our body apart," Tutu said. The next synod will be held in 1992.