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Canterbury announcement set for Friday: Anglican Ink, November 8, 2012 November 8, 2012

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The Rt. Rev. Justin Welby

A press conference announcing the name of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury has been scheduled for Friday, 9 November 2012.

Bishop of Durham Justin Welby, (56) a one-time business executive who entered the ministry after 11 years in the oil industry, is expected to be named to the post. The Daily Telegraph reports Bishop Welby has agreed to accept the post, while the Times has reported the announcement will be made this week. On Tuesday British “bookies” Ladbrokes, William Hill and PaddyPower stopped taking bets on who would be named archbishop after large sums of money were placed on Bishop Welby, while Betfair currently has the Durham bishop listed at even money.

The process still follows the procedure described by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1856.

“The Queen sends these gentlemen a congé d’élire, or leave to elect, but also sends them the name of the person whom they are to elect. They go into the Cathedral, chant and pray and beseech the Holy Spirit to assist them in their choice; and after these invocations invariably find that the dictates of the Holy Ghost agree with the recommendation of the Queen.” [English Traits, p 227]

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

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