Sunday, November 18, 2012

New Archbishop of Canterbury is no bumbling academic

From Canada-

Shortly after his last big promotion, 12 months ago, Justin Welby was asked which soccer team he supported.

“I spent five years doing conflict resolution, learning how to stand in the middle of a civil war, not getting shot, so I’m not going to answer your question,” he joked.

It’s a skill that will come in handy in the years ahead now that he’s Archbishop of Canterbury.

One of the many ironies surrounding the man who was named the leader of the Anglican Communion in early November is that his church career is arguably the least interesting thing about him.

Back in the late 1980s, when greed was good, bankers were gods and North Sea gas and oilfields were ripe for exploitation, he wasn’t even a vicar. He was an oilman.

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