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Martha Fairlie reports
"Hopes to dedicate more time to writing and lecturing"
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Saturday, 11 March, 2000, 18:22 GMT
Controversial bishop to step down
Bishop Richard Holloway
The bishop will step down in October
The controversial head of the Scottish Episcopal Church has announced he is to retire later this year.

The Bishop of Edinburgh, the Very Reverend Richard Holloway, will step down at the end of October after eight years at the head of the church.

It will bring to an end a controversial career, during which he was criticised for his liberal views.

His support for the equality of homosexuals and his liberal views on drugs - including an admission that he once tried cannabis - created deep divisions in the church.

'Own decision'

However, the bishop, who said last October he would be standing down within two years, said he was not responding to pressure from people who wanted him to step down.

"There are lots of people who have been calling for my retirement, but that has absolutely nothing to do with this decision.

"Some people may take comfort from it. They may think that to them goes the credit.

"But no, its entirely with my own circumstances, my own feelings for what I want to do next, and my own feelings about what the Diocese of Edinburgh needs next."

Gay rights

He said he planned to spend more time writing and lecturing.

His book Godless Morality was used to call for a Royal Commission on the whole issue of drugs and their misuse.

The bishop also wrote a character reference for gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell following a protest at Canterbury Cathedral.

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