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Friday, 14 July, 2000, 07:58 GMT 08:58 UK
Your tributes to Lord Runcie
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Runcie has died after a long battle with cancer.Disclaimer: The BBC will put up as many of your comments as possible but we cannot guarantee that all e-mails will be published. The BBC reserves the right to edit comments that are published.
Lord Runcie led the Church of England from 1980 to 1991, through a decade of theological turmoil. Issues like the ordination of women, homosexuality among priests and changes to the Prayer Book caused differences within the Church.
Lord Runcie was outspoken on many issues and sometimes appeared as the leading critic of Margaret Thatcher's government.
He antagonised Lady Thatcher when he asked his congregation to pray also for the relatives of Argentine soldiers killed in the Falklands War and through his criticism of the UK Government's tactics in beating a strike by coal miners.
What are your memories of Lord Runcie? Send us your tributes.
David Holder, UK
I want to send my condolences to the people of Great Britain over the death of Lord Runcie. My heart is with you at this time.
I am saddened by this man's death; it is a loss to us all.
Unfortunately, I never knew him, but my Mum served him and his son in Boots years ago.
Jeremy C. Brading, England
I had the privilege of meeting Dr Runcie during my schools quarter centenary. As a life long atheist, I was struck by his gentle nature and profoundly spiritual outlook. He was a man who was prepared listen to a belligerent teenager with compassion and understanding. He will be sadly missed
I knew Lord Runcie when he was Bishop of St Albans - we were neighbours, so to speak, as my school was next to his house. Whenever he preached, he was worth listening to. In fact he was always worth listening to. His humility was in no way false, and he showed a genuine interest in everybody he met. I admired him for his integrity, for rattling Margaret Thatcher's cage, something few people dared to do, and for retiring gracefully from high office - also an uncommon ability.
I grew up with Lord Runcie as Archbishop of Canterbury. He was a fine man, inspiring truly the fruits of the spirit to reveal themselves in every man.
I am now training for the priesthood and shall miss your presence in the world. Rest in Peace+
I am sad to hear of Lord Runcie's death. May he rest in peace.
Korean Anglicans remember his love for the people of Korea. In his two visits to the country, he visited a slum area of Seoul and encouraged the people and clergy. He was a very lovely person.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, USA
I think Lord Runcie was good at his job and just because he didn't do much for gay causes, it didn't mean that he didn't care. Sympathies to his family.
Not being terribly religious, or a great churchgoer, I thought I would be unaffected by this man's death. However, reading comments by him, and remembering things he'd said and done, I realise that, for the most part, this was a truly Christian man. I'm sure his common sense will be sadly missed in the Church.
Lord Runcie had a great personality and an admirable style. It was always a pleasure to be with him.
May God rest his soul.
Paul R, UK
I remember attending services that he gave at Canterbury both at the Cathedral and out in the streets at Christmas. His warmth and kindness always shone through. May god bless his family at this sad time.
Anyone who annoyed Margaret Thatcher can't have been all bad.
My memories of him are from the time he was Bishop of St Albans. I was working in an ecumenical project involving Anglicans (I was the Anglican Vicar) Methodists and Roman Catholics in Stevenage. He came to meet us once a year, and he was always supportive and also critical in suggesting new ways we could go forward. We profited greatly from his incisive comments and his warm support.
He was a great man who like Jesus spoke up for the poor and downtrodden. The church have a need for more men like Lord Runcie who had the ability to take the "wider" view. He once said that he had a crippling ability to see both sides of an argument but this was less harmful than a single minded conviction. I for one agree. May he rest in peace.
I regret that Lord Runcie continued the trend for the Church of England to depart from the teachings of the Bible, and that the trend continues.
Gregory White, Yorkshire, England
He served the world because he was a man of God.
During the Falkland War he said; A widower in Britain is the same as a widower in Argentina. God bless his family.
Although it's sad that he has died, I found Lord Runcie to be rather aloof and snobbish. He didn't do much for gay causes and to be honest, I think he was a flop at his job.
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