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Archbishop of Canterbury plans to attack predecessor

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, plans an outspoken public attack on his predecessor, Robert Runcie, in a television program this weekend, according to revelations published in advance of the broadcast scheduled for Sunday.

Carey's criticism follows the publication last year of a biography of Runcie, in which Runcie spoke openly about his contacts with the British Royal Family during his time as Archbishop of Canterbury.The Daily Telegraph newspaper, quoting extensively from the television program, reported this week Carey's "dismay" at Runcie's disclosures, which Carey suggested would undermine people's faith in the confidentiality of talks with priests.

Runcie (now Lord Runcie), who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1991, is known to be concerned about the book, and author Humphrey Carpenter has had to fend off claims by critics that he duped the former archbishop by publishing material intended only for background information.