“It is with great sadness that I received the news that the Archbishop of Canterbury will be stepping down at the end of this year.
The last decade has been a challenging time for the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. Thankfully, Archbishop Rowan is a remarkable and gifted leader who has strengthened the bonds of affection. Despite his courageous, tireless and holy endeavour, he has been much maligned by people who should have known better. For my part he has been God’s apostle for our time.
His stepping down to pursue something he dearly loves – teaching and writing - is received with gratitude, as this will continue to be a blessing to the Church. I am delighted that he is not going far away and will continue to offer service to the Church of England and the wider Church in its witness to our society. May God’s blessing continue to be showered upon him.
More will be said nearer his time of departure. For now, Archbishop Rowan, Jane and the family will remain in our prayers.”
Friday, March 16, 2012
Archbishop of York's statement on ++Rowan resignation
Via Anglican Ink: