Archbishop to quit to become parish priest - news from ekklesia

By staff writers
August 2, 2004

Archbishop to quit to become parish priest

-2/8/04

The Archbishop of York is to quit his palace in favour of a humble parish vicarage.

David Hope announced his resignation as the Church of Englandís second most senior clergyman, and will give up Bishopthorpe Palace near York to become a parish priest in Ilkley, near Bradford.

Dr Hope has been an archbishop since 1995 but has made no secret of his long-held wish to return to parish life, taking a substantial pay cut.

He is an Anglo-Catholic and has been at odds in the past with the more liberal wing of the church over the ongoing row involving women and gay priests.

Dr Hope, 64, has accepted his appointment as the vicar of St Margaretís Church in Ilkley with enthusiasm and will cease to be archbishop from February next year to take up his new post in March.

He was at St Margaretís yesterday morning for the Sunday service when the congregation was told he was to be their new priest.

Speaking in the church grounds, Dr Hope said the traditional values of St Margaretís had attracted him to the post.

He added: "Clearly, I sympathise with their background. Iím looking forward to it. It is clearly a change and a challenge.

"I thought it would be good to conclude my ministry where I began, and I began as a parish priest. All ministries are a vocation, a calling from God. I was responding to that call."

Dr Hope will be out of the spotlight in Ilkley, but he has in the past courted controversy over the course of his nine years as the 96th Archbishop of York.

He has been at his most vocal over women priests and issues of homosexuality.

Dr Hope told the General Synod meeting in York last month that the Church must not be "overwhelmed" by the debate on gay issues and should instead concentrate on the "mission" of the Anglican faith.

He said that in-fighting over blessing same-sex relationships and accepting lesbian and gay clergy should not take over from believersí ability to spread the faith.

Archbishop to quit to become parish priest

-2/8/04

The Archbishop of York is to quit his palace in favour of a humble parish vicarage.

David Hope announced his resignation as the Church of Englandís second most senior clergyman, and will give up Bishopthorpe Palace near York to become a parish priest in Ilkley, near Bradford.

Dr Hope has been an archbishop since 1995 but has made no secret of his long-held wish to return to parish life, taking a substantial pay cut.

He is an Anglo-Catholic and has been at odds in the past with the more liberal wing of the church over the ongoing row involving women and gay priests.

Dr Hope, 64, has accepted his appointment as the vicar of St Margaretís Church in Ilkley with enthusiasm and will cease to be archbishop from February next year to take up his new post in March.

He was at St Margaretís yesterday morning for the Sunday service when the congregation was told he was to be their new priest.

Speaking in the church grounds, Dr Hope said the traditional values of St Margaretís had attracted him to the post.

He added: "Clearly, I sympathise with their background. Iím looking forward to it. It is clearly a change and a challenge.

"I thought it would be good to conclude my ministry where I began, and I began as a parish priest. All ministries are a vocation, a calling from God. I was responding to that call."

Dr Hope will be out of the spotlight in Ilkley, but he has in the past courted controversy over the course of his nine years as the 96th Archbishop of York.

He has been at his most vocal over women priests and issues of homosexuality.

Dr Hope told the General Synod meeting in York last month that the Church must not be "overwhelmed" by the debate on gay issues and should instead concentrate on the "mission" of the Anglican faith.

He said that in-fighting over blessing same-sex relationships and accepting lesbian and gay clergy should not take over from believersí ability to spread the faith.

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