Archbishop of Canterbury to Retire This Year

The archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, has officially announced his retirement. The decision will take effect on October 31, 2002.

The Crown Appointments Commission will meet this spring to consider nominations for Carey's successor. Traditionally, adherents of the church's Anglo-Catholic wing alternate with evangelicals, such as Carey.

Among those frequently identified in the British press as "front runners" for the position are Rowan Williams, archbishop of the Church in Wales; Pakistani-born Michael Nazir-Ali, bishop of Rochester; Christopher Herbert, bishop of St. Albans; Richard Chartres, bishop of London; and David Hope, archbishop of York.

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