Justin Welby to Replace Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury

From the Daily Mail in the U.K:

Former oil boss who opposes same sex marriage emerges as favourite to become next Archbishop of Canterbury. Sources at Westminster say that the Right Reverend Justin Welby will be announced as successor to Dr Rowan Williams in the next 48 hours. The choice comes after months of tortured deliberations and less than a year after Dr Welby took up his first appointment as bishop in Durham.

A former oil industry executive who opposes same sex marriage and the appointment of gay bishops emerged yesterday as the favoured candidate to take over as the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, will be announced as the successor to Dr Rowan Williams in the next 48 hours, sources at Westminster said. The confirmation that the 56-year-old is the choice to take over as head of the established Church comes after months of tortured deliberations and less than a year after Dr Welby took up his first appointment as a bishop. The long delay – Dr Welby has been widely named as the leading contender for the job for the past three months – has led to charges that the leadership of the CofE is hopelessly divided.  It has even exposed the Church to mockery from bookmakers who stopped taking bets over the appointment, saying they were worried that clerics are trying to stage a betting coup.

An old Etonian, whose mother was private secretary to Winston Churchill, Dr Welby is thought to have been preferred because of the managerial skills developed during his career as an oil industry executive before he joined the Church. The new Archbishop will bring an experienced eye to back the Church’s criticisms of unethical practice in banking and in industry, and he is also thought to be likely to be more sympathetic to David Cameron’s modernising Tory instincts than the instinctively left wing Dr Williams. He is considered an opponent of same sex marriage and the appointment of gay bishops.

But he is likely to be much less abrasive in his opposition to the gay rights movement than his defeated opponent for the Archbishop’s post, the one-time favourite, the Archbishop of York, the Right Reverend John Sentamu.

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  • Jerry App

    It is good news that Bishop Welby will take his new seat as the Archbishop of Canterbury. Today, opposing sin is the greatest sin – how upside down has the world become! We need an Archbishop who believes in the Word of God as it is. There is no doubt that Jesus loves sinners (we all are sinful people, of course), but Jesus has NOT given us a gospel which can be twisted and tweeked with the times. God loves gays, and the church should embrace them, only that they may, despite their own struggles to come out of it or find a good reason why they are so, come back to Christ and be able to get rid of it. If the Church and its leaders are supporting same-sex marriages, and if the souls they have won fail to enter the gates of heaven because they have actually practiced something God is not pleased (and with the support of the Church and its liberals), then those supporters of same-sex marriages are actually distracting people from the light and truth of God. The Church of England has sent a mixed message that being gay is OK, if then being an adulterer also is OK, being a fornicator is also much OK. We have to draw the lines. This comment may look right-winged, but Jesus himself is right-winged. At least his words regarding the subject remains unalterable.

  • Claude

    This comment may look right-winged, but Jesus himself is right-winged. At least his words regarding the subject remains unalterable.

    Where might I find Jesus’s words on the subject of gay marriage? Mark? Matthew? Luke? John? No? Where?


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