Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has announced he will leave the Archbishopric in December.
He will become Master of Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge from January next year. Dr Williams, 61, became the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002.
While Archbishop the Church of England has come close to splitting over the ordination of gay clergy and women bishops. It is currently divided over the issue of gay civil marriage equality proposed by the coalition government and which is supported by the opposition. Dr Williams consistently supported the ordination of women, and previously showed no objection to the appointment of an openly-gay bishop in Reading.
He 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, until the end of the year, Lambeth Palace said.
- Rowan Williams announces his retirement (thinkinganglicans.org.uk)