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Robert Runcie

Archbishop of Canterbury

Died when: 78 years 283 days (945 months)
Star Sign: Libra

 

Robert Runcie

Robert Alexander Kennedy Runcie, Baron Runcie, (2 October 1921 – 11 July 2000) was an English Anglican bishop.He was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1991, having previously been Bishop of St Albans.

He travelled the world widely to spread ecumenicism and worked to foster relations with both Protestant and Catholic churches across Europe.

He was a leader of the Liberal Anglo-Catholicism movement.He came under attack for expressing compassion towards bereaved Argentines after the Falklands War of 1982, and generated controversy by supporting women's ordination.

Biographer Adrian Hastings argues that Runcie was not a distinguished writer or thinker, but was a good administrator who made shrewd appointments, demanded quality, and recognised good performances.


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