([London] Times) Justin Welby: my application for Canterbury was a joke

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The new Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed that he regarded his application for the job as a “joke”. He described how he was ordered by the Church of England to apply after just seven months as Bishop of Durham even though he thought it ridiculous.

Speaking in an interview at Trent Vineyard, an evangelical church near Nottingham, Justin Welby said that he had been “told”, as one of the top five diocesan bishops, to apply. But he did not take the prospect seriously.

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Posted January 31, 2013 at 5:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Ralph wrote:

Even if this were so, I don’t think I would admit it in public. And, I don’t think I would use the word, “joke.”

January 31, 10:24 am | [comment link]
2. driver8 wrote:

Theme tune: “You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It)”.

January 31, 12:11 pm | [comment link]
3. Ad Orientem wrote:

The real joke has become the CofE and the way it does business in everything from choosing a new ABC to altering 2000 years of Christian doctrine.

January 31, 6:01 pm | [comment link]
4. Undergroundpewster wrote:

Q1. Why do you feel called to be AoC?
A1. Because I really was, and you should know that already since you are the one s who called.

Q2. What do you hope to accomplish as AoC?
A1. Accomplish? Are you kidding?

Q3. What experience do you have in holding things together?
A3. I am holding my ribs right now to keep them from splitting.

Q4. What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
A4. I have never laughed so hard in all my life.

January 31, 6:55 pm | [comment link]
5. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

Well, one can hope that this one of God’s little jokes and that the “joke” will actually be on the revisionists.  Then, again, he could turn out like PB Schori.  Time will tell.  God either is having a funny or holding in derision.

January 31, 9:47 pm | [comment link]
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