Cosmo Gordon Lang
- Category : Writers-Religion-Philosophy
- Type : R
- Profile : 1/4 - Investigating / Opportunist
- Definition : None
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Four Ways 3
Scottish ecclesiastic, an Anglican prelate who served as Archbishop of York (1908–1928) and Archbishop of Canterbury (1928–1942). His rapid elevation to Archbishop of York, within 18 years of his ordination, is unprecedented in modern Church of England history. As Archbishop of Canterbury during the abdication crisis of 1936, he took a strong moral stance, his comments in a subsequent broadcast being widely condemned as uncharitable towards the departed king.
He presided over the 1930 Lambeth Conference, which gave limited church approval to the use of contraception. After denouncing the Italian invasion of Abyssinia in 1935 and strongly condemning European anti-semitism, Lang later supported the appeasement policies of the British government. In May 1937 he presided over the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
Lang died from heart failure on 5 December 1945. He was due to speak in a Lords debate on conditions in Central Europe that day. On his way to Kew Gardens station to catch the London train, he collapsed and was taken to hospital, but was found to be dead on arrival.