Archbishop of York says he will retire in 2020

Archbishop of York says he will retire in 2020

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu to retire

Sentamus retirement date will be three days before his 71st birthday. By then, he will have been archbishop of York – and a member of the House of Lords and the privy council by right – for almost 15 years.

He said: I have decided to announce my retirement now in order to provide the Church of England with the widest possible timeframe to pray, discern with wisdom and insight, and put in place a timetable for my successor.

I have decided to announce my retirement now in order to provide the Church of England with the widest possible timeframe to pray, discern with wisdom and insight and put in place a timetable for my successor and to consider fully the work they will be called to do in service to the national church, the Northern Province and the Diocese of York.

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Sentamu, who was born in Kampala, is the most senior black and minority ethnic (BAME) cleric in the church. He was briefly imprisoned in Uganda for speaking out against Idi Amins regime before fleeing to the UK in 1974.

Dr Sentamu, who fled his native Uganda in the 1970s before studying at Cambridge University, was once tipped for the top role of Archbishop of Canterbury but commentators agreed his time had passed after Justin Welby was given the top job in 2013.

During his time as a bishop and archbishop, Sentamu has campaigned on poverty and inequality. Earlier this year, he told the Guardian that rising inequality was a national scandal that should be addressed by a voluntary top-up tax system and a crackdown on sinful tax avoiders.

As bishop of Stepney, Sentamu served as an adviser on the MacPherson inquiry into the murder of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence and the police mishandling of the case. He also chaired a review of the police investigation into the death of Damilola Taylor, a 10-year-old black schoolboy who was stabbed to death in south London in 2000.

I am full of joy and expectation to see all that God is doing and will be doing in this diocese and in the Northern Province over the coming months

In 2007, he removed his clerical collar and cut it into pieces during an appearance on the Andrew Marr show in protest at Robert Mugabe, saying he would not replace it until the Zimbabwean president was gone. Ten years later he put a new collar round his neck in another appearance on the show, days after Mugabe was forced out.

The Archbishop of York has announced he will be retiring from his post – the second most important in the Church of England.

Sentamu has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, speaking against its legalisation in the House of Lords in 2013. The previous year, he said: I dont think it is the role of the state to define what marriage is. It is set in tradition and history and you cant just [change it] overnight, no matter how powerful you are.

However, he has also said he is not homophobic, and he opposes discrimination against LGBT people. Ive got a lot of gay friends, they see me as a friend, they see me as someone who wants to support and protect them against homophobia, he said in 2016.

Two years ago, the archbishop was accused of misconduct by a survivor of sexual abuse. Matthew Ineson filed a formal complaint against Sentamu and four other bishops, saying they had failed to take action over his disclosure of rape by a vicar. The complaint was dismissed on the grounds of being outside a one-year time limit.

As the most senior BAME figure in the Church of England, Sentamu has often been held up as an example of progress. However, figures show that clergy are still overwhelmingly white and the proportion of BAME clergy is below that of BAME people in the general population. In 2016, the church appointed its first black bishop for 20 years.

Sentamus retirement comes just months after Sarah Mullally took up her new post as bishop of London, an appointment which boosted those campaigning for greater representation of women in the highest levels of the church. The bishop of London is the third most senior post in the C of E.

Mullally told the Observer that she hoped her appointment was part of a continuing process of women taking more leadership roles in the church, including archbishops when those positions become vacant. The challenge is that people often think that, once youve appointed a woman, youve dealt with the issue. You havent.

Clergy in the C of E face compulsory retirement at 70, although many continue to officiate after formally giving up their posts.

On announcing his retirement, Sentamu said: I am deeply grateful to Her Majesty the Queen for graciously allowing me to continue as archbishop of York until June 2020 in order to enable me to complete the work to which I have been called.

The Archbishop of York has announced his retirement, triggering the start of a secretive recruitment process to fill the Church of Englands second most senior role.

The Most Rev Dr John Sentamu, the first black archbishop in the churchs history, will step down on June 7, 2020, three days before his 71st birthday, he said this morning.

He had to seek special dispensation from the Queen to extend his duties beyond the usual retirement age of 70 for clergy.

The Ugandan-born clergyman became Archbishop of York in 2005, taking up the second most senior clerical role in the church behind the Archbishop of Canterbury.

A highly confidential process will now begin to find a replacement, led by the Crown Nominations Commission. The new archbishop will…

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