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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Justin Welby likely next Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham, has accepted the post of Archbishop of Canterbury, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.

Sources have confirmed that the Eton-educated bishop will be announced as successor to Dr Rowan Williams as early as Friday, after the Crown Nominations Commission put his name forward to Downing Street.

It marks a meteoric rise for the former oil executive who has been a bishop for less than a year, but insiders described Welby as "the outstanding candidate".
Read the rest here.

This bodes ill for the CofE. Both historical and recent experience would suggest that appointing newly minted bishops to the top job frequently ends badly. Worse still, if my memory has not failed this man is way left in both social and theological views.

2 comments:

The Archer of the Forest said...

He's actually fairly middle of the road to slightly conservative, actually. I met him once when I was living in England. He was NT Wright's heir apparent. He's sort of "smiling jack" broad church middle manager that isn't going to rock any boats.

Unknown said...

If this moves destroys the CoE, then I'm all for it. Let them implode and destroy themselves. The world and Christianity will be better off without it.