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November 9th, 2012
08:57 AM ET

Church of England names new archbishop of Canterbury

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

London (CNN) – The Church of England named former oil executive Justin Welby as the next archbishop of Canterbury, making him the titular leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans.

Welby, who has been a bishop for only a year, is considered an outspoken critic of the excesses of capitalism, a supporter of women bishops and an opponent of gay marriage.

He will be enthroned as archbishop of Canterbury on March 21.

Speaking as his appointment was announced Friday at Lambeth Palace in London, Welby said it was a privilege to take the helm at a time when the "tide of events is turning" and the Church has great opportunities to be involved in a changing world.

Read the full story about the appointment of the next archbishop of Canterbury
- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes lives. See prayer work at prolapsed.net.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayerbot

      November 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
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      "pervert alert" is a degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs"

      November 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer works. Proven. See with your own eyes at prolapsed.net.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  2. Apple Bush

    You wake up feeling amazing with Marie next to you. She finally spent the night. You can make out the curve of her buttocks beneath the thin sheet. Your groin reacts and you press against her, fitting neatly in the begging crevice. She smells like flowers and honey. You throb with anticipation and she moans in anticipation. You reach for a condom, but realize to your dismay that your dog is busy chewing and has something stuck in his teeth...

    Where is your God now?

    November 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      "My" God does His best works away from you God's castle. He is a splelunker at heart and so loves the scent of dewdrops coming from the cavernous ceiling. Like "My" God, I do so love an early morning splelunking my woman's curvatures.

      Don't worry where my God is, but worry about your own God's workings.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      You are at a German “sparkle party”. You are wearing your party pants. You are ready to dancy dance. It is a hard-core German sparkle party and you are wearing your rubber boots. The music is pulsating and it feels good to dance. You notice a familiar face standing at the bar. You dance over to her as fancy as you please in your polished rubber boots. You bend low to smell her perfume and say hello. It is your father.

      Where is your God now?

      November 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  3. Judas is my homeboy

    So a fireman, cop and priest are on a cruise ship, the ship begins to sink. The fireman says "we got to save all the children". The cop says "fvck the children" Then the priest says to the cop "Do you think we have enough time for that?".

    November 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Christopher Walken

      Well, this is a funny joke. It reminds me of another joke, I will tell it to you, knock knock. Who's there? Father McHorny...I forget the rest but, it was, you know, funny.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      :-)

      November 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  4. Carl

    I haven't seen the "R" word once on here today. Oh sweet nectar.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      "R"ipen up the 'ol ladies caves are we? Sweet nectar is still a 'classified' subject.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Carl

      Hey whatta you doing there? You gotta problem there buddy? Yeah I'm bangin' those broads all day there so suck it.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      I see Carl,,

      Taking more than one viagra at once can lead to a medical condition where you might die from a hard-on. Too much blood to one's castle de jerk could cost you your Life and livelihood.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Carl

      Yeah, you just worry about your own livlihood there buddy. So long.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Carl-son,

      A drop-dead comedian you're not. A hang 'nailed' comic maybe?

      November 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Carl

      Yeah, guess you don't know what "so long" means there.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Carl, so long?

      Thought YOU were leaving,,, My Bad,,, I guess,,,?

      November 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  5. Meatwad

    I like the way he talks with that accent. I'm going to ask him to read me my pop-up book ya'll.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  6. Sam Yaza

    this will so make the männerbund "Tuatha De Morrígna"

    their anti capitalist anarchist, who want to free Ireland form the church of England

    way to prove their point Anglican you are capitalist swine who enslave and r@p3 the environment

    the IRA may even come back from this decision

    November 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Sammie sweet Sam,

      Environmentalism's activists could care less one way or iota about 'Irelandic' convulsions regarding freedoms from political 'Englandish' ways. In the U.S.A. we 'freedom' lovers have been deceived from our habitual freedoms via the people who see s3x for sale and illicit drugs for sale and leveraged gambling as dribbly lawlessness when in fact the habits of people's choices are being frowned upon.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Sam

      Most of the Provisionals are so old they can barely use the toilet without help.

      And as for a new breed of revolutionary, I am afraid the last generation did a poor job in educating them about the cause, or for that matter, educating them about anything at all.

      The economic bubble in Ireland left the last generation with no skills, education, resources or motivation

      November 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      you may be right will?

      i have never seen a more spiritual broking people then in Ireland, they need Danu more then ever.

      but i was not talking that much or the republic their are still a lot of anarchistic druids who are living on the fringe of the occupied home of Éire who wait for the perfect moment to take their home back for the old gods. to restore virtue, sovereignty and fertility to the land. when America and England falls they will make their move, as will us in America

      oh and Dreamer i am an environmentalist its come with the territory of being an Animist

      Ireland is still having a lot of environmental problems so yes it is on are mind as well

      November 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      I can smell the revolution around the corner, and the smell is getting stronger and stronger. its about time for me to make my move once again,... i haven't had this much fun since Saint Petersburg

      November 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  7. Mohammad A Dar

    how about our Donald Trump for archbishop of New York?

    November 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Well, he is gay, already dosen't pay any taxes, and is crazy stupid.

      He is PERFECT

      November 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  8. auggiedoggy

    When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • CNN Censor

      OMG that is SO funny and original.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Funny yes, original no. It's from Emo Philips

      November 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • CNN Censor

      I was joking GOPer...

      November 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Two wrongs doesn't turn right but right angles can be left to one's conscience to con without science getting in the Way of the Lord's Will. What the hell were we wanting to say! ? I must be a baphoon! Oh well, better a baphoon then a dumb futz as dad would always say! Ain't I a sh!t load of trash talk?

      November 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @CNN Censor,

      ah, then my apologies. Sarcasm is sometimes difficult to recognize – especially here.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Reasonably

      Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do!

      November 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Reasonably,

      Even 'left-handed' monkeys know how to use their 'right-handed' wrench.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  9. God's Oldest Dreamer

    A scattering is upon us in these trying days and Age. Leave your wantings behind and never take wind of one's longings for the weightiness of one's longings will smite even the most influential. Carry away nothing and leave. Head to the places inside one's being and do not keep ajar your door for many will want to enter in and should not. Your loving this Life is for the world to have and you should not heed the rumors from others as to just what is truly right. It is therefore best for mankind to simmer in their juvenile pottages never rationalizingly 'assaying' one's diffuse detriments, the very smallest of life's grains. As smitten breeds, our splendors reveal one's characters to be traitorous to one's analogous fold. Where then does Life end and living begin?

    November 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      You are at the Museum of Modern Art with a date. You have high hopes for this relationship. She is smart, pretty and a great cook. You just critiqued a group of Kevin Appel paintings when you felt a sudden urge to relieve your bowels. But where is the bathroom? Too late. And it is loose. You drag your smelly self to the elevator; she is behind you but gagging...

      Where is your God now?

      November 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Apple Bush whack it off,

      You are at times a dumb futz and sometimes a baphoon yet now you seem to be sh!t-tardy late and leaking thru your brainyard.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Your husband takes you to the company Christmas party. You have long been jealous of his very attractive co-worker Genevieve, and your jealous imagination suspects there is a spark between them. You dress to the nines and look great. The moment comes to say hello to her. She is beautiful, charming and smells intoxicating. You break a heal just as you reach to shake her hand. You spill your drink on both Genevieve and your husband. They look at each other and giggle, holding the gaze a bit too long.

      Where is your God now?

      November 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Christopher Walken

      I was at a party like that once. Beautiful. Champang-ya, women, food, you know, nice. My wift, she was, very alluring as usual. She bent down to pick up her fallen napkin and her, you know, thingy fell out. The host acting quickly, help her put it back in. It was, uncofortable to say they least so, I get it.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Judas is my homeboy

      Fvck! Walken is killing me! Read it in Walkens voice, classic. Moar!!!!

      November 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Where is 'my God' now you ask A.B.?

      He could be home eating lunch. He could be out visiting a spell. He is most likely at His office crunching on the numbers, 666 and 144.000.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      A.B.,

      I forgot to ask you as to just where your God is at. My God is ever away from home always at work.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  10. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Bishop to King's pawn, check. Queen to Bishop's pawn, Check mate!

    November 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Christopher Walken

      Well, G.O.D., if that is, your real name, chess is a grand 'ol game, but, I am a checkers man, you know, hippity, dippity hop.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Check this sh!t out! They do mate!

      November 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Checkers? What's that like? :-)

      November 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Christopher Walken

      Well G.O.D., checkers, is like chasing rabbits. Rabbits have, long ears and always wiggle their noses...stack...pack...jack, so, there you go.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      C.W.,

      Checkers seems to be either an old futz's or 'minorial' game. Either way it is just a game to play. Chess though is likened to being a Life-hooded game upon globalized politics. The angular moves 'bishops' make, the "L's" a knight does take not to mention the straight line castle brigade. There are more pawns to be moved and jostled about just like in real Life. Real Life Chess is the game for many a baphoon who can or may know the table rules. As yet I am but a lousy klutz when it comes to real life chess. Lost two queens in my Life. Have never had any pawns to raise. Still living and alive with vital annointing though.

      Lettuce Love,
      Let Us Love,
      G.O.D.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Christopher Walken

      G.O.D. I'm sorry, I, dosed off a few words into, your, well, you know, whatever you were saying.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Whose beds are we sleeping in now C.W.? Yours seems still made up.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  11. curious

    my last comment got blocked. No swear words, or nastyness. I even complimented a phrase used by the archbishop elect. I wonder whether it was because I mentioned the BBC article on the same subject or the cosy relationship between christ and oil money.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Censor

      It is because you are a fucking idiot dip-shit.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      What a Dumb Futz a Censor can be! The Baphoons rate much higher than Dumb Futz's. :-)

      November 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • CNN Belief Blog Moderator

      Censor is correct your post was blocked because you are a complete moron.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Helpful Hints

      curious,

      Bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN automatic filter:
      Many, if not most, are buried within other words, so use your imagination.
      You can use dashes, spaces, or other characters or some html tricks to modify the "offending" letter combinations.
      ---
      ar-se.....as in ar-senic.
      co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, etc.
      co-on.....as in racc-oon, coc-oon, etc.
      crac-ker…
      cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, etc.
      ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
      ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, drift-wood, etc.
      ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, sopho-more, etc.
      ho-oters…as in sho-oters
      ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
      inf-orms us…
      hu-mp… as in th-ump, th-umper, th-umping
      jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
      ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
      koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
      nip-ple
      o-rgy….as in po-rgy, zo-rgy, etc.
      pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
      p-oon… as in sp-oon, lamp-oon, harp-oon
      p-orn… as in p-ornography
      pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
      que-er
      ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
      se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
      sl-ut
      sm-ut…..as in transm-utation
      sn-atch
      sp-ank
      sp-ic.....as in desp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
      sp-ook… as in sp-ooky, sp-ooked
      strip-per
      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, t-itle, ent-ity, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, salt-water, etc.
      va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
      wt-f....also!!!!!!!
      There's another phrase that someone found, "wo-nderful us" (have no idea what sets that one off).


      There are more, some of them considered "racist", so do not assume that this list is complete.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • CNN Censor

      Damn youz Helpful Hints! Damn youz to hell!!

      November 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  12. lunchbreaker

    Is that the church that caused the pilgrims to hop on the Mayflower and cross the Atlantic, because they wanted freedom of religion?

    November 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  13. Apple Bush

    Is he going sailing? That is some boat anchor around his neck.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  14. Apple Bush

    I don't like gay marriage either. Everyone should be miserable like me.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  15. End Religion

    In other news, Santa promoted Elf Floor Manager Goose McKrakenly to Director of Operations.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  16. Reality

    Tis mind-boggling that a religion founded by a killer-kingi s still in existence.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • truth never changes

      Were there a lot of kingi's in history?

      November 9, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Reality

      Oops, make that: "Tis mind-boggling that a religion founded by a killer-king is still in existence.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  17. William Demuth

    Anybody else's gaydar go off when they saw his picture?

    Why does it seem the more gay they appear the less likely they are to support gay mmarriage?

    Like Michelle Bachmans husband. He is at best a switch hitter (Can you blame him? She is hot, but SHREW dosen't even cover it) yet he rails against it?

    It's counterintuitive really, but it seems to me, The more masculine the male, the more likely he is to support gay marriage.

    Has anyone else noticed this? Pro Athletes are an exception (can't risk the career) but otherwise it seems to work as a rule of thumb.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • curious

      you think michlle Bachman is hot? shudder...

      November 9, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • William Demuth

      Come on dude, if she starts that Christian psycho babble in the hay you know you would love it.

      Crazy Jeebus freak broads break wild once they go bad.

      Fifty years of lousy booty, she is primed and ready

      November 9, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      There's nothing so erotic as hearing a woman whisper "defile me, heathen".

      November 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Ann

      eew.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Keep in mind that William thinks three 3's is equal to one 9.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Well ain't Doc V some tin!!? I need a shot Doc V. A shot of whiskey if you please!

      November 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Actually Apple, if you bag three "3"s" at once, your point score is 27.

      You get 9 if you do them seperate. You square or cube broads point values by doing them in bunches.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      William Demuth,

      Only in darts W.D. only in darts,,, :-)

      November 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    November 9, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "Salvatore" degenerates to:
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      "another repentant sinner" degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
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      "Anybody know how to read? " degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "ImLook'nUp" degenerates to:
      "Kindness" degenerates to:
      "Chad" degenerates to
      "Bob" degenerates to
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      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.`

      November 9, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      November 9, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayerbot.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • auggiedoggy

      "I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

      November 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • nope

      @au...
      nope

      November 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  19. save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

    "Church of England ames new archbishop of Canterbury"

    Does anyone proof this stuff?

    November 9, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • Nii

      ames is wrong though the ti.tle should have read Archbisop of Canterbury.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Nii

      ooops! Archbishop. It is soo easy to make mistakes.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  20. Christopher Cocca

    well, he's right on 2 out of 3. somehow, that doesn't feel like enough....

    November 9, 2012 at 9:01 am |
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