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.

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soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Which God?

    Money buys the politicians. Looks like oil money bought a new bishop as well. Yep, money talks for sure. I guess he wants women in the church so he won't get caught in a "gay" scandal. He'll diddle the womeen "under" him

    November 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  2. End Religion

    I need to contact this new archbishop and ask a few questions about his eggs. While I've only had a couple Canterbury Chocolate Eggs in my life, with each one the tin foil sticks to the goop that has oozed out of them and dried, making the peeling of the foil enough of a task that I've thrown a couple away. As new archbishop hopefully he will address this.

    November 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Satan is the best

      I think you got a hold of a cheep knock off brand. Is there any Chinese writing on the foil wrapper? 😛

      November 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • saggyroy

      Thank you ER for the belly laugh.

      November 15, 2012 at 6:17 am |
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