Via the best Catholic weekly in the UK, The Catholic Herald…
Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has welcomed the appointment of the Rt Rev Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, as the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
Writing on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, he said: “I warmly welcome the news of the appointment of the current Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Rt Rev Welby, 56, an Old Etonian who studied history and law at Trinity College, Cambridge, worked for 11 years in the oil industry. [He had an actual job!]
He was a member of Holy Trinity Brompton, the home of the Alpha Course, [ugh] when he decided to become an Anglican minister. He was ordained at the age of 36.
He was been [sic] Bishop of Durham for just over a year.
At the press conference this morning, he said he had “learned so much from the Catholic Church”, particularly on Catholic social teaching. He added that his spiritual director was a Catholic monk. [… okay…]
The archbishop-elect also joked that he had “a better barber and spen[t] more on razors than Rowan Williams”.
I call upon the new Anglican Archbishop to publish, as soon as possible, Romanorum coetibus!
The hopes of so many depend on it.
As you will remember, Romanorum coetibus is that document whereby our Anglican sisters and brothers will make provisions for disaffected catholics, offer them a safe-haven from the patriarchal oppression of Rome while preserving intact their most hallowed traditions, such as clay cups, guitars, abortion clinic escort nuns, hand holding, the dream of female deacons, etc.
What a sign of hope this could be for the writers and readers of The Tablet!