Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:54 AM
cali (114,904 posts)
Former Oil Company Executive Appointed As Archbishop of Canterbury
LONDON — The bishop of Durham, Justin Welby — a former oil company executive who once said he was unable to escape “a sense of God calling” — was named on Friday as the new archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the world’s estimated 77 million Anglicans, who are facing deep divisions over same-sex marriage and the elevation of women priests to the senior clergy.
He replaces the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, who announced in March that he would step down at the end of the year, saying his successor should have “the constitution of an ox and the skin of a rhinoceros.” His appointment was announced by the office of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Though the appointment of a successor was supposed to be secret, word leaked out this week that Bishop Welby had been chosen, prompting bookmakers to close their books after an avalanche of bets on him. His name emerged after tortuous negotiations within the Church of England with frequent reports of deadlock and disagreement.
Bishop Welby, 56, the 105th archbishop of Canterbury, is said to have been chosen over three other leading contenders: the archbishop of York, John Sentamu; the bishop of Norwich, Graham Jones; and the bishop of London, Richard Chartres. Bishop Welby is regarded as an evangelical conservative in opposing same-sex marriage, but he is also said to take a more liberal position on the ordination of female bishops, favoring the elevation of women to senior church positions.
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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:04 AM
The Straight Story (48,118 posts)
2. "We must have no truck with any form of homophobia in the Church" - Rt Rev Justin Welby,
And he seems to be pro-women bishops.
Edited to add: "I will vote in favour of ordination of women bishops" - next #Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Rev Justin Welby. LIVE