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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

    Why an oil man for archie bishop ? We should go back to the good old day and get a real COAL man in there ;-)

    November 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  2. Nii

    Yes the Dumbeist trolls at it again.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:57 am |
    • WOW

      Nii you're one of the dumpiest trolls out there.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • FedUpwithLA

      The dumbest trolls who can't spell, that is . . .

      November 12, 2012 at 8:50 am |
  3. FedUpwithLA

    Rowan Williams will have been the best Archbishop of Canterbury since the longest time, back to the days of William Temple, for example. Rowan was a scholar in Russian language and poetry, and knew how to speak Welsh – the original language of the British Isles. An Englishman replaces him. We'll see what happens. Hopefully some sort of unity will be achieved amongst all Anglicans and Christians, regardless of denomination. That may also be said for those not of the same religious faith. Unity and cooperation – somehow.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:40 am |
    • End Religion

      Unity can only be achieved once religion is dead. End religion now to start down the path toward world peace.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven

    November 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      Prayer harms cardiac patients.
      Fact.
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/04/060403133554.htm

      November 12, 2012 at 12:43 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 (IEE), 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...

      November 12, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • TrollAlert

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

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:17 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 12, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • Matt in Oregon

      I smell a poe...

      November 12, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    My many prayers answered: an oilly man in charge of the churd ! Now all CEOs can get into heavens before the stinking camels ;-)

    November 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Misread the scripture: I mean the stinking CEOs will be lining up behind the camels at the gate of heaven.

      November 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  6. FedUpwithLA

    Well, we wish him luck. Care to join us?

    November 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  7. ATLmatt

    a former oil executive??? isnt that the same as one of satan's angels?

    November 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Mark From Middle River

      If you are Al Gore a oil exec is as evil as they come.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  8. Reality

    One more time for the new members of this blog:

    Tis mind-boggling that a religion founded by a killer-king is still in existence
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    November 11, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    November 11, 2012 at 7:09 am |
    • TrollAlert

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

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:17 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 11, 2012 at 9:23 am |
  10. Cieron

    "Church of England names new archbishop of Canterbury" What's he, a panda? Ar, ar, ar, ar.

    Funny an ex-oil man being a critic of the excesses of capitalism. I doubt it. Seems the COE draws its candidates from the same pile as politicians.

    Who makes this stuff up? Really?

    November 11, 2012 at 6:16 am |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    I Kept praying for Mitty but NOT a dam...n thing happened !!!!!!

    November 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Good thing your prayer wasn't answered that is if you wanted mittens to become the POTUS,,,,,?

      November 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • truth never changes

      @Gods oldest dreamer
      It is apparent you do not know what prayer is about.

      November 11, 2012 at 7:00 am |
    • Talking to yourself and pretending it is to "god" is not healthy for anyone

      We all know what prayer is about: talking to yourself and pretending it's to god.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  12. God's Oldest Dreamer

    John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world".

    Where than is Christ Jesus' Kingdom? Anyone care to 'gamble' a guess? The planet Kolob per chance? Nah, I don't think so for the KJVB tells us in Luke 17:21 that, "The kingdom of God is inside you." How can this be true you ask? Keep abreast of science and know of their continuing works around the self-similar cosmological paradigm principia as its works continue to 'evolve'.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      cosmological paradigm principia lettuce blah blah blah

      November 10, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      What's that God? Report G.O.D. to the authorities for taking in vanity his namesake? Aww poor poor pitiful me! I really must be taking my meds.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Apple Bush, just because you do not have the religious or spirtual accumen that I have is no reason to lash out. Educate yourslef. It took me a lifetime to become this intelligent and educated.

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

      November 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      The one never existed physically, but in scripted hinduism, crookedness of hindu's crooks to hind fool humanity into hindu, racist Mithra ism, savior ism to be a gentile slave of another man.

      November 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      oh Ya, tell me why do Mohammed promise, us Taliban 72 hoors, if there were no kingdoms of GAWDs, self centered, secular goon s, denier of GAWD, your hind hurts.

      November 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      Forgive me "E" my overlooking your posts. "Shall we play a game?"

      November 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      Game, atheism, self centered has no meaning's, but just a game, subordinated to hindu soul, ignorant desire, how about some thing of fact, truth, or you may have no knowledge of.

      November 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      "E",

      Regarding the Mithraic Mysteries, how much doyou know of these mysteries?

      November 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      It is a myth, hinduism, hypothesis, way of hindu Magi's, criminal crooks to make people submit to them, as was the case in Greek mythology, hindu, crook coin collectors, you can make as many stories as you like, or they had to make to hind, fool people. Not worth to know, hinduism, illegality of hind, dark ages.

      November 10, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      and your are dumb as door knob, Old Dreamer.

      November 11, 2012 at 1:14 am |
  13. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Apple Bush appears to be a little jealous of G.O.D. Interesting! ;)

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

    November 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Do tell,,, do tell, :-)

      November 10, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    See prayer change lives at prolapsed.net

    November 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hello Prayerbot.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      actions cause change; prayer wastes valuable time.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  15. John 3:16

    Hitler was awesome.

    November 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  16. God's Oldest Dreamer

    My God is not your God nor is your God mine. Other folks' Gods are not our two Gods. So many Gods it's mesmerizingly astounding! One God to one person is the only way!

    November 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • satan is waitin

      I will shoot herpes infected sperm in your butt hole

      November 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Christopher Walken

      Butthole, butt schmole, better to protoct the anal orifice, than to, you know, allow penetration.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  17. Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

    I need no introduction, my Taliban father is now an arch-Imam of Pinkbury mosque. YEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAW.

    November 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Christopher Walken

      Yee Haa, Yee Haa, I have, a thorn in my claw. The taliban are, you know, bad guys. I feel we should kill them or at least, ask them to leave.

      November 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Mickey1313

      All tailban and pakistani should burn, not in he ll, but in a bonfire made of korans

      November 11, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  18. when my doG looks in the mirror he sees God

    Try to explain that to Romney

    November 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  19. Apple Tree

    complacencies opulences individualities lettuce blah balh

    November 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      :-(

      November 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • satan is waitin

      That was the face your dad made after I ra.ped him.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Sorry folks for I have not taken my meds tonight. I will soon and will go to bed and sleep as I need to for I have been a bad boy lately taking G.O.D.'s name in vain.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  20. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Men are no more the Gods nor are any to be said godly but rather they are found being goodly. Societal indulgences do average out mankind's rudimental complacencies leveraged by myopic conditionings. We are bred apart from the natural in many ways creating and establishing bittern opulences taken to fly among and even apart from grounded deafenings of decrepit formularies. Goodly are people for the most part while their portions of wayfaring individualities do sometimes lean towards bestial sarcasms unbecoming a goodly character.

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

    November 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Every 'generation' from the beginning of mankind onwards was built a church and in the building of God's church, the body of a solitary man is to be found being the church of God.

      1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building

      November 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      mankind god lettuce blah blah blah

      November 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
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