(Church Times) Reconciler [Justin] Welby to take over in Canterbury

It is also possible that Bishop Welby’s age – he is 56 – worked in his favour. Early favourites, including the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, and the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, are in their early 60s, and thus would be close to retirement – or technically beyond it – by the time of the next Lambeth Conference, in 2018, which traditionally takes place at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Bishop Welby, who worked in the financial branch of the oil industry for 11 years, until he sought ordination in 1988, was appointed to sit on the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards in July, after the Libor rate-fixing scandal….

He has strong links with the Church in Nigeria, first in the oil industry, but latterly working in reconciliation. He estimates that he has visited the country about 60 times since 2002, work begun as a Canon of Coventry Cathedral.

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One comment on “(Church Times) Reconciler [Justin] Welby to take over in Canterbury

  1. MichaelA says:

    I suppose it is possible that the Crown Nominations Commission saw +Welby’s links with Nigeria as a plus – although the African province that will be most involved with England in future is Kenya rather than Nigeria. Still, there may be up to a million Nigerians living in London (ease of travel between EU countries makes this difficult to measure).

    But I just have this nagging feeling that some on the Crown Nominations Commission may have preferred +Welby simply because he has almost no experience as a bishop, and therefore will be beholden to his bishops and the existing Lambeth bureaucracy for guidance.