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San Diego's Episcopal Bishop Plans to Retire

September 06, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

The Episcopal bishop of San Diego, who opposed the confirmation last month of the first openly gay priest to be elected a bishop in his church, said he will retire by the end of 2004.

In a letter to the San Diego diocese, the Rt. Rev. Gethin B. Hughes said his announcement was unrelated to the approval by the national church's General Convention in Minneapolis of the Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson, a gay priest in a committed relationship with another man, as the incoming Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire.

He said he had always seen his 62nd birthday as the likely time he would retire. He made the announcement this week, he said, to give the San Diego diocese time to elect a successor, a process that he said could take 15 to 18 months.

Before he became bishop, Hughes was rector of All Saints-by-the-Sea Church in Santa Barbara. He was born in Britain.

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