Comments: New Archbishop of Wales elected

Wonderful.God bless him.

Posted by Christopher Rees at Wednesday, 6 September 2017 at 5:12pm BST

I’m not sure that I trust the bishops of the Church in Wales any more after the most recent Jeffrey John affair. And so I’m not sure there is anything here to celebrate. Just more of the good old “boys” looking out for themselves.

Posted by David Allen at Thursday, 7 September 2017 at 6:45am BST

The fall-out from Jeffrey John's non-election to the See of Llandaff was extremely unsavoury, and the FOI disclosure, which revealed Bishop Davies's emails about Jefffrey John, left a very nasty taste. There are many in Wales (and beyond) who will be uneasy about this archiepiscopal election - not least the claims by the new Archbishop that homophobia played no part in the failure elect Jeffrey John. Also, am I right in thinking that he will be the first Archbishop of Wales in living memory who is unable to speak Welsh?

Posted by Michael Mulhern at Thursday, 7 September 2017 at 2:05pm BST

No. Edwin Morris in the 1950s and 60s and Derrick Childs in 1980s spoke little or no Welsh.

Posted by Christopher Rees at Thursday, 7 September 2017 at 5:50pm BST

Welsh-speaker or not, the outcome of this election (that almost went to the wire on day 3) has delivered an Archbishop of Wales whose recently proven lack of candour (and double-speak) in relation to Jeffrey John means that I, for one, feel his moral authority is open to question. If this is the best we could do for now, isn't it a damning indictment of the quality of episcopal ministry in this Province - especially when you compare us to our Celtic cousins in Ireland and Scotland?

Posted by Richard Jones at Friday, 8 September 2017 at 8:41am BST

"We are not very good at communicating our message". On the contrary his actions have been all too good at communicating his message.The decline is due to the nature of that message

Posted by Stanley Shaw at Friday, 8 September 2017 at 10:32am BST

The article says "elected ... on the first day of its meeting", and a comment above says "almost went to the wire on day 3".

In fact neither of these statements is correct. The election ended on the second day of the meeting. The College met on Tuesday 5 September, and the election was announced on Wednesday evening, 6 September.

The CinW website confirms this timetable. http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/news/2017/09/new-archbishop-of-wales-elected/ Maybe this is a corrected version of the story.

Posted by Simon Kershaw at Friday, 8 September 2017 at 10:52am BST

Yes, the story has been corrected on the CinW website. Originally it did say first. I've amended the text above to show this correction.

Posted by Peter Owen at Friday, 8 September 2017 at 11:31am BST

Ah, wonderful. A canon lawyer! Just what the church is crying out for.

Still, he enjoys walking (and perhaps also sometimes standing and maybe also eating and converting carbohydrates into energy) so he certainly meets the most essential requirements of high episcopal office.

Posted by rjb at Tuesday, 12 September 2017 at 5:16am BST

Is this just one more 'safe pair of hands'?
Where is the prophetic voice of the Church in this appointment?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 1:49am BST
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