‘Holding together in diversity’ – Archbishop Justin on the ACC meeting in Lusaka

Apr 30, 2016 by

from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website: Having come back from Lusaka on 20 April, after 16 days in Zambia and Zimbabwe, once again the experience of a big Anglican Communion meeting has had an impact on my thinking about the Communion. As usual, the impact is largely positive. Any time the Communion gets together, especially the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) which has representatives from most Provinces who are bishops, priests and laity, I am more and more struck that we hold...

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Archbishop Justin discusses same-sex marriage at talks with President Mugabe

Apr 19, 2016 by

from ACNS: The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he discussed the issue of same-sex marriage in talks with Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, during a flying visit to Harare at the weekend. The Archbishop had stressed that the meeting at State House on Sunday was pastoral rather than political. Few details have been made public. But, speaking to members of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) on Tuesday afternoon, during their ACC-16 meeting in Lusaka, the Archbishop said the president...

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Former Telegraph editor Moore would not have published Archbishop paternity story without his consent

Apr 12, 2016 by

By Charlotte Tobitt, Press Gazette: The Telegraph journalist behind the Archbishop of Canterbury’s “secret father” revelation has said he would not have pursued the story further without consent from the clergyman. Ex-Telegraph editor Charles Moore decided it was in the public interest to pursue the story which revealed the Most Reverend Justin Welby’s illegitimate father was actually the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne, not whisky salesman Gavin Welby who was married briefly to his mother...

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Justin Welby and the Fiery Cauldron of a Broken Family

Apr 11, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Andrew Atherstone writes: One of the precious family letters treasured by Lady Jane Williams (the Archbishop of Canterbury’s mother) dates from December 1973, shortly before her son’s 18th birthday. It is written by Justin Welby’s housemaster at Eton College and is a frank tribute to the “tenacity” and “bravery” displayed by the young man during his difficult teenage years. The housemaster thought it especially remarkable how Welby had coped so well with his “family...

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How 1950s law change averted crisis in Anglican Communion

Apr 9, 2016 by

by Charles Moore and Gordon Rayner, Telegraph: The discovery that the Archbishop of Canterbury had been born illegitimately caused a certain amount of anxiety among his staff, who worried that if a bishop was of illegitimate birth his consecration would, according to canon law, be invalid. Had that been the case, it would have meant that Justin Welby would never, in the eyes of the Church, have been a bishop at all, and, therefore, not an archbishop either. All his acts in that role would thus...

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A personal statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Apr 8, 2016 by

from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website. In the last month I have discovered that my biological father is not Gavin Welby but, in fact, the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne. This comes as a complete surprise. My mother (Jane Williams) and father (Gavin Welby) were both alcoholics. My mother has been in recovery since 1968, and has not touched alcohol for over 48 years. I am enormously proud of her. My father (Gavin Welby) died as a result of the alcohol and smoking in 1977 when I was...

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