The present ABC was the Archbishop of Wales prior to taking up office. The next ABC will be chosen by the current Archbishop of Wales, with help from a committee :)
We all know instances where appointing committees, disappointed with the quality of applicants in front of them, turn to one of their members and ask whether they could do the job ...
Still, it is only the ABC they are trying to sort out with Welsh help. Imagine if they were choosing a rugby team to beat the All Blacks.*
For those with impoverished lives, the last time Wales beat the All Blacks was in 1953.
Remember..he doesnt have a vote.
Perry Butler Canterbury England
ya thats true butall the apointing commetiee members as well as the applicants should have the knowledge of the job or work deeply.
"Remember..he doesnt have a vote."
He scarcely has a church either. The tiny Anglican Church in Wales (smaller than any African diocese) has been shedding members with ever greater rapidity under Morgan's watch. And he passionately wants a gay bishop! Won't somebody help?
The "email vote" inspires all the confidence of an election day in Chicago.
But it probably means that the Africans no longer care about Canterbury. A matter best left to England's first colony, boyo.
Is it just me who is flabbergasted by this decision? The primates have an opportunity to elect someone to represent the wider Anglican Communion, and they choose the Archbishop of Wales?? What about an African primate, where most of the world's Anglicans live? Honestly, there is no point having a Communion representative on the CNC, with or without voting rights, if they select another British representative. That's like selecting Quade Cooper in a World XV against the All Blacks. Officially, he's from somewhere else, but we all know he's basically one of them.
Bit tough there, Andrew ... on Quade Cooper :)
They probably elected the Archbishop of Wales because he's not part of the GAFCON - which would completely un-balance the ethos of Anglicanism.
This now gives GAFCON the excuse they were looking for - to split off and re-group around Nairobi or Sydney.
I confess I am suprised by the choice, but he was voted on.Perhaps the system they use ( I imagine it isnt first past the post)aids a "compromise" candidate?It shows I think a failure of imagination.
The Church in Wales may be experiencing numerical decline( as are most churches in the UK..and the RC Church and Methodists more than the C of E it needs to be said ,as it is often presented as if the decline of the C of E is unique and inexorable) but in Wales non-conformity has declined far more rapidly, in some places to the C in W's advantage. Perry Butler.
p.s. "smaller than any African diocese"
I think not...take eg the numerical strength of dioceses in ,say, Sierra Leone. Gambia, Ghana, Cameroon, Malawi...I am not even sure that any Nigerian diocese in itself, has the same numbers as the C in W. PB
Because he does not have a vote, I wont wory about it
I have discovered that I was wrong...the Abp of Wales does have a vote! I dont personally think this is a good thing but there we are.It will be interesting to see who emerges..plenty of scope I think for deadlock and the emergence of a compromise candidate, esp if various groups ( esp the Canterbury diocesan group act in a united way throughout)So far it would appear the diocesan members usually get the man they want. Perry Butler Canterbury UK.
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