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As someone in the church said to me this evening, without wishing to sound disrespectful, this is an even worse job than being the England football manager.
Globally, it is not an understatement to say that what they have to do is to stop the movement unraveling, the big challenging issue is homosexuality, and he has got to somehow get the liberal Christians in Europe and North America singing from the same hymnsheet as some fundamental Christians.
At home, he has got to make this church seem relevant, make it central to society when attendances are dropping and when it seems out of touch over homosexuality and women. It is a difficult task in turbulent times.
David Cameron has paid tribute to Rowan Williams - who announced that he is resigning from his position as Archbishop of Canterbury - saying he was "a pleasure to work with".
Desmond Tutu has praised Rowan Williams, calling him the "best gift God could have given the Anglican community", after he stepped down from his position as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Archbishop Tutu said: "Rowan Williams has been the best gift God could possibly have given the Anglican communion. His intellect, his spirituality and prayerfulness have held a fractious communion together. With anyone else less gifted we would have torn ourselves apart.
"He has been wonderfully supported by Jane. Magdalene College is richly blessed to receive Archbishop Williams as its new Master. Somewhat reluctantly I wish them well because I would have liked to keep them for ourselves."
William Hill has made the Archbishop of York 6/4 favourite to succeed Rowan Williams as the Archbishop of Canterbury. Here is the full list from the bookmaker:
- 6/4 Archbishop of York, John Sentamu
- 7/4 Bishop of London, Richard Chartres
- 5/1 Bishop of Bradford, Nick Baines
- 6/1 Bishop of Coventry, Christopher Cocksworth
- 8/1 former Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright
- 10/1 Bishop of Norwich, Graham Jones
- 12/1 Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell
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Rowan Williams has announced he is stepping down as the Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of the year.