There is some ridiculous fluffing up of Justin Welby's parochial experience going on on the BBC. A woman priest being interviewed described his parish experience as being in "rough working-class parishes". Well, Nuneaton is not smart - but it ain't that rough. And no one in their right mind could call Southam in Warwickshire anything other than rather charming.
It is all a bit inverse snobby to show that the Old Etonian has been down and dirty with rough working people. It is silly and unnecesssary. He has real parochial experience, which is good and helpful. Leave it at that.
May the grace of God be with him.
Great choice of enthronement date: 21st March! It is both Thomas Cranmer and St Benedict's (old) feast day.
(The Archbishop-designate is a Benedictine Oblate.)
He was well-received by TEC HoB earlier in the year.
Well, whatever his provenance, at least this man of God is willing to listen to other people. Surely that must be a plus? And he has experienced personal loss and hardship. He also actually believes in the redeeming power of Christ in the gospel. Let's pray that he is given space to fulfil his calling.
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