An Archbishop, Finally

After an unexpectedly lengthy process, the appointment of a new Archbishop of Canterbury has been announced: the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham.

Welby is relatively young, at 56; more importantly, he has only been a bishop for a year. Moreover, unlike virtually all previous Archbishops of Canterbury, he is a second-career clergyman, having worked in the oil industry for eleven years before seeking ordination.

In this respect, he is like our own Presiding Bishop, who was an academic and oceanographer before becoming ordained. Whether this experience in the secular world gives Bishop Welby an edge in his new post remains to be seen.

I will be commenting further on Bishop Welby’s links to the Evangelical party in the Church of England. In the meantime, he deserves our prayers. —J. Douglas Ousley

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One Response to “An Archbishop, Finally”

  1. John Ubieta says:

    It would be interesting to see how he reacts to the current world-wide pressures of economic uncertainty. He is truly the first leader of the Anglican Church of the 21st. Century, so it would interesting to see how he sees the continuing role of the Church and how it will respond to so many social challenges. His background in the oil industry perhaps gives him a greater understanding of the problems in the Middle East and how this in turn ties with all the other world problems.

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