David Cameron has refused to intervene after the Church of England voted against allowing women to be appointed as bishops.
The church, No 10 and the people will welcome this opportunity to hit the reset button.
Bishop Justin Welby has been named as the next head of the Anglican Church, Downing Street has confirmed.
Rowan Williams plans to leave office with a ferocious attack on David Cameron's 'big society', extracts from his new book reveal.
Dr John Sentamu cemented his position as the leading traditionalist candidate in the race to lead the Church of England with a speech attacking "aggressive atheism" yesterday.
Tory backbenchers are demanding a traditionalist figure to replace Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury, amid growing anger about gay marriage.
Prime minister David Cameron praises Dr Rowan Williams, who has announced his resignation as Archbishop of Canterbury:
Labour leader Ed Miliband praises outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, who announced his resignation earlier today:
Outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams announces his intention to resign from the post at the end of the year:
The Church of England has gone on the attack against welfare reform, in a further sign that the Occupy movement has prompted a more radical outlook among religious leaders.
Shadow education secretary Andy Burnham comments on the Archbishop of Canterbury's comments about the coalition's mandate:
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teachers' union, comments on the Archbishop of Canterbury's attack against the coalition:
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, writing for the New Statesman, questions the coalition government's mandate to reform:
Rowan Williams hits a nerve by highlighting the discrepancy between the coalition's radicalism and its mandate.
The Archbishop of Canterbury triggered a spectacular row today, weighing in against the coalition and suggesting it was fundamentally undemocratic.