Archbishop of Canterbury to retire

George Carey is to retire as Archbishop of Canterbury later this year. His intentions have been conveyed to the Queen, who is Supreme Governor of the Church of England and who formally appoints an Archbishop of Canterbury. The decision will take effect on Oct. 31, 2002.

Archbishop Carey, who is 66, was appointed the one hundred and third Archbishop of Canterbury in 1991. He said today: “By the end of October I shall have served eleven and half years in a demanding yet wonderfully absorbing and rewarding post. I feel certain this will be the right and proper time to stand down. I look forward to exciting opportunities and challenges in the coming months, and then to fresh ones in the years that follow.”

Archbishop Carey will continue to carry out all the duties and responsibilities of the Archbishop of Canterbury, both for the Church of England and the Anglican Communion, as normal until the autumn.

The Crown Appointments Commission will consider in due course the selection of a successor.


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