(Reuters) Archbishop of Canterbury quits, says next Anglican leader needs 'rhino skin'

Unlike Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism is a loose family of member churches with the Archbishop of Canterbury as its spiritual leader. As such, Williams had prestige and respect, but no direct powers beyond the Church of England he leads.

Considered a liberal when he became archbishop in 2002, he made several concessions to conservatives to try to keep them from splitting away. In the process, he ended up disappointing both progressives and traditionalists and lost authority.

“His efforts have run into the sand,” said Clifford Longley, a commentator on religious affairs. “He’s not managed to do what he hoped he would be able to do.”

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4 comments on “(Reuters) Archbishop of Canterbury quits, says next Anglican leader needs 'rhino skin'

  1. Br. Michael says:

    He made no concessions to conservatives other than refusing to ram the liberal agenda down their throats!

  2. dwstroudmd+ says:

    He also forfeited the “leader” bit – as did his predecessor.

  3. Bookworm(God keep Snarkster) says:

    He sabotaged the traditional viewpoint at every turn. But I will agree that his successor will need “rhino skin”. Big deal–what does everybody think Jesus had?!!

  4. palagious says:

    Maybe, just maybe, the next ABC just needs to be true to his beliefs and let the rest of the AC get on with whatever will happen. Its pretty clear that the ABC is damaged goods and is not influential globally. My apologies to Henry VIII.