Like most twentieth century Archbishops of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey presided over a period of decline in the Church of England. He was nonetheless liked and respected both in the church and more widely, perhaps more so than either his immediate predecessors or successors; he had the reputation of being humane, principled, and discreet. After retiring as Archbishop in 1974 he was created a life peer, as Baron Ramsey of Canterbury, of Canterbury in Kent, enabling him to remain in the House of Lords where he had previously sat as one of the Lords Spiritual.
ArthurMichaelRamsey, Baron Ramsey of Canterbury (14 Nov 1904 – 23 April 1988) was the one hundredth Archbishop of Canterbury.
MichaelRamsey was born at Cambridge, educated at Repton School (one of his tutors at Repton was his predecessor the 99th Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Francis Fisher) and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was President of the Cambridge Union Society.
MichaelRamsey's elder brother, Frank P. Ramsey (b.1903, d.1930) was a brilliant mathematician and philosopher.
Ramsey was Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University and an influential Anglican theologian.
Ramsey's cordiality toward Catholicism and his ecumenical concerns were further demonstrated in 1960 when he appeared on television with J. Heenan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Liverpool, to discuss the recent meeting between the archbishop of Canterbury and Pope John XXIII in Rome.
Ramsey resigned as archbishop of Canterbury in 1974 at the age of 70.
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