|The Most Reverend and Right Honourable
The Lord Carey of Clifton
|former Archbishop of Canterbury|
|Church||Church of England|
|Province||Province of Canterbury|
|Diocese||Diocese of Canterbury|
|In office||27 March 1991 (confirmed)
â€“ 31 October 2002 (retired)
|Other posts||Honorary assistant bishop in Swansea & Brecon (2004â€“present), in Southwark and in Bristol;
Life peer (2002);
Bishop of Bath and Wells (1987â€“1991)
|Birth name||George Leonard Carey|
13 November 1935 |
|Parents||George and Ruby Carey|
|Spouse||Eileen Hood (m. 1960)|
|Children||2 sons, 2 daughters|
King’s College London
But, as you have intimated, I am among those who would be very wary of any military action in the light of Saddam Hussein's willingness to allow the weapons inspectors to go in.
I'm on record as being understood to be a supporter of a reformed establishment, in which other Christian denominations, and other faiths, play a major part.
We must get back to a very strong Christianity… Christianity shaped America and England, and we need to get back to those moral foundations that made us great.
I see no room in holy Scripture for any sexual activity outside of matrimony.
The Israelis have suffered a great deal, we must condemn suicide bombers, and we must never say that the plight of the Palestinians justifies this terrible thing.
And here at our Anglican Consultative Council, we have many reports of growth and great encouragement.
I think what has happened, actually, is that September 11 has given a spur, a renewed urgency, to dialogue between the great faiths.
I think what Calvinism may offer us is that God's in charge of his world.
I think in my own country, at the way we've seen through the ordination of women to the priesthood, which I'm delighted about, and that will move on to another level before very long.
What I'd say about that is that we must respect homosexuals in the church. I've got many homosexual friends, the issue is not in any way a homophobic reaction on my part.
I mean, I can look back with great pleasure on what has happened in Sudan, and our commitment to people who are persecuted in that kind of way.
And so in my warnings, I was pointing to a number of incidents around the communion that could undermine our growing sense of communion – of becoming a global communion. So that's why I pointed to New Westminster in Canada, to incidents in the United States, and Sydney itself.
In my time as Archbishop of Canterbury I've seen a growing sense of unity and mission.
And I hope America will realise, as the only superpower now, it really must use its power in a way that's going to build up the world, and to support the United Nations.
If there are Muslims who believe that they've got to kill Christians to make a way for the Islamic faith in the West, not only would they be disappointed, but it will lead to conflict, there's no doubt about that.
From a Christian point of view of course we do want a peaceful world, and I think September 11 did actually make people aware not only of vulnerability and how transitory life is, but there are forces of good and honor and justice which speak to us of God and his love for us.
God loves us all, wants us all to share his kingdom, has a role for us all.
If someone talks about union, fidelity, a monogamous relationship, love, blessing; I would say it sounds like marriage to me. And blessing, you see, I think is undermining our sacrament of marriage.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
We've got to find ways of confronting the issues that divide – and at the heart of cultural issues, you often find religions.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
One I've been passionately committed to, of course, is women's ministry; I believe solidly in it as a Gospel issue and we've found our way through that.
What I think is that we in the church – and especially I as an Archbishop – I'm responsible for maintaining our rules, and making sure we hold to unity in the Body of Christ.
An office boy in London was the lowest of the low. The office boy was the tea boy. He would be the dog's body: It means someone who would do anything at all. I was quite prepared for that and enjoyed it.