Michael Ingham will step down as Bishop of the New Westminster Archdiocese on Aug. 31 after serving in the position since 1994.
In a statement announcing his retirement, Ingham says his diocese has spearheaded positive changes in the Church, including the ordination of women priests and accepting same-sex marriages.
Breakaway members of the church who were opposed to same-sex marriage took the diocese to court in a bid to claim ownership of their church buildings and bank accounts.
However, they lost in two B.C. courts and the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear an appeal of those rulings.
Dean of the Diocese Peter Elliott will assume administrative responsibilities for the diocese on Sept. 1 until a new bishop is elected to replace Ingham.
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