Friday, March 16, 2012

Archbishop of Canterbury to Step Down At End of Year ( LINKS Updated All Day )

As I wake up big news breaking across the pond I see. The Archbishop of Canterbury has notified the Queen he will step down at the end of the year.

It has been an immense privilege to serve as Archbishop of Canterbury over the past decade, and moving on has not been an easy decision. During the time remaining there is much to do, and I ask your prayers and support in this period and beyond. I am abidingly grateful to all those friends and colleagues who have so generously supported Jane and myself in these years, and all the many diverse parishes and communities in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion that have brought vision, hope and excitement to my own ministry. I look forward, with that same support and inspiration, to continuing to serve the Church’s mission and witness as best I can in the years ahead.

See Archbishop of Canterbury to be Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge

Appears evident Catholic Church authorities were informed of this beforehand as Most Rev Vincent Nichols. Archbishop of Westminster already has his statement up and on the web site within moments of it breaking.

Will update links all day on this post.

Statement from the Archbishop of York

Succession talk at the Telegraph. Could there be a first black ABC? See Dr John Sentamu becomes favourite to succeed Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury

This is a very good piece that decribes what the Archbishop of Canterbury actually does, and how he will be selected.

BBC has some reactions here.

The Prime Minister's Statement is here.

Vid and Transcript of interview with Archbishop of Canterbury following his announcement

(Guardian) The religious life of Rowan Williams - in pictures via Titusonenine

A statement from the Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop

Virtueonline has their view at The Archbishop of Canterbury - a view from the English pews

Close to home Standfirm Bloggers give their views on his tenure.


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