|The Most Revd and Rt Hon
MA(Cantab) BA Dip
|Archbishop of Canterbury|
Welby at Seoul Cathedral in 2013
|Church||Church of England|
|Province||Province of Canterbury|
|Diocese||Diocese of Canterbury
(delegated to the Bishop of Dover)
|Elected||10 January 2013|
|Installed||21 March 2013|
|Consecration||28 October 2011|
|Birth name||Justin Portal Welby|
6 January 1956 |
|Residence||Lambeth Palace, London
The Old Palace, Canterbury
|Children||6 (one died in a car crash in infancy)|
|Ordination history of Justin Welby|
|Date of ordination||1992|
|Date of ordination||1993|
|Date of consecration||28 October 2011|
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Justin Portal Welby (born 6 January 1956) is the 105th and current Archbishop of Canterbury and senior bishop in the Church of England. As such, he is Primate of All England and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. He was formerly the Bishop of Durham, serving for just over a year.
Welby's early career was in the oil industry. In 1989, he studied for ordination at St John's College, Durham. After several parochial appointments he became the Dean of Liverpool in 2007 and the Bishop of Durham in 2011.
Welby's theology is reported as representing the evangelical tradition within Anglicanism. Some of his publications explore the relationship between finance and religion and, as a member of the House of Lords, he sits on the panel of the 2012 Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.
On 9 November 2012, the Prime Minister's office announced Welby's appointment as the next Archbishop of Canterbury and he was formally elected as on 10 January 2013 at a ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral. He legally took office on 4 February 2013 at a ceremony in St Paul's Cathedral, although his public ministry as archbishop formally began with his enthronement service in Canterbury Cathedral which took place on 21 March 2013.
Early life and education
Welby was born in London, England. His father, known as Gavin Bramhall James Welby, was born Bernard Gavin Weiler, in Ruislip, West London, in 1910, and died in 1977. His mother was Jane Gillian (née Portal) who had been Winston Churchill's PA and who once took Welby to tea with him. Welby's paternal grandfather was a German Jewish immigrant (Welby did not find out about his grandfather's ancestry until he was an adult).
Welby's parents were divorced in 1959, and his mother then married Charles Williams in 1975 (when he was elevated to the House of Lords as a life peer in 1985, Charles Williams took the title of Baron Williams of Elvel.) Through his mother, Welby is a great-nephew of a former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister, "Rab" Butler, later Baron Butler of Saffron Walden; Welby's maternal great-grandfather, Sir Montagu Butler, was the father of Lord Butler and of Welby's grandmother, Iris Butler. Sir Montagu Butler was the grandnephew of the first Bishop of Natal, John William Colenso.
Welby worked for 11 years in the oil industry, five of them for the French oil company Elf Aquitaine based in Paris. In 1984 he became treasurer of the oil exploration group Enterprise Oil PLC in London, where he was mainly concerned with West African and North Sea oil projects. He retired from his executive position in 1989 and said that he sensed a calling from God to be ordained.
In July 2013, following the report of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards Commission, Welby explained that senior bank executives avoided being given information about difficult issues to allow them to "plead ignorance." He also said he would possibly have behaved in the same way and warned against punishing by naming and shaming individual bankers which he compared to the behavior of a lynch mob.
Welby was at first rejected for ordination by John Hughes, the Bishop of Kensington, who told him: “There is no place for you in the Church of England.” Welby was subsequently accepted for ordination, with the support of the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, Sandy Millar.
From 1989 to 1992, Welby studied theology and trained for the priesthood at Cranmer Hall and St John's College, Durham, where he was awarded a BA degree and DipMin in 1992 before becoming a curate at Chilvers Coton and St Mary the Virgin, Astley (Nuneaton) from 1992 to 1995. He then became rector of St James' Church, Southam, and later vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Ufton, Diocese of Coventry, from 1995 to 2002.
In 2002, Welby was appointed a canon residentiary of Coventry Cathedral and the co-director for International Ministry at the International Centre for Reconciliation. In 2005, he was appointed Sub-Dean and Canon for Reconciliation Ministry.
Welby has written widely on ethics and on finance, featuring in books such as Managing the Church?: Order and Organisation in a Secular Age and Explorations in Financial Ethics. Welby's dissertation, an exploration into whether companies can sin, marks his point that the structure of a system can "make it easier to make the right choice or the wrong choice." His dissertation led to the publication of a booklet entitled Can Companies Sin?: "Whether", "How" and "Who" in Company Accountability, which was published by Grove Books in 1992. He has said that the Benedictine and Franciscan orders in the Anglican churches, along with Catholic social teaching, have influenced his spiritual formation.
Interviewed by the BBC in 2011, Welby said that to be appointed Bishop of Durham was both challenging and a huge privilege: “I was astonished to be offered the role. It is a passionate desire to see a church that is vigorously full of spiritual life, serving Jesus Christ and serving those around it.” His election was confirmed at York Minster on 29 September 2011 and he left Liverpool Cathedral on 2 October. He was consecrated as a bishop at York Minster on 28 October 2011 and was enthroned as Bishop of Durham in Durham Cathedral on 26 November 2011. He was introduced to the House of Lords on 12 January 2012, where he sits on the Lords Spiritual bench. He gave his maiden speech on 16 May 2012. He was asked to join the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards in 2012.
Archbishop of Canterbury
Welby emerged as a candidate to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury; on 6 November 2012 the bookmakers Betvictor, Ladbrokes and William Hill suspended betting on his being appointed. On 9 November 2012 Welby's appointment to the position was announced. In January 2013 Welby said that he had regarded it as "a joke" and "perfectly absurd" for him to be appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, because he had only been a bishop for a short time. His Confirmation of Election ceremony to the See of Canterbury took place at St Paul's Cathedral on 4 February 2013; on the following day it was announced that Welby would be appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, as all archbishops are; the order for his appointment was made on 12 February and he swore the oath on 13 March.
He was enthroned as the Archbishop of Canterbury in Canterbury Cathedral on 21 March 2013, which in the calendar of the Anglican Church is an observance of Thomas Cranmer. His schedule included an official visit to the Vatican on 14 June 2013, with visits to senior Curial officials, including Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, an official audience with Pope Francis, and prayer at the tombs of Saint Peter and Pope John Paul II.
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Welby favours Anglican consecration of women bishops. Following a rejection of female bishops by the General Synod in November 2012, Welby spoke of a "Very grim day, most of all for women priests and supporters".
Welby affirms the Church of England's opposition to same-sex marriage, but at his first press conference spoke out strongly against homophobia and stated that he is "always averse to the language of exclusion, when what we are called to is to love in the same way as Jesus Christ loves us." He also said “I know I need to listen very attentively to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) communities, and examine my own thinking prayerfully and carefully." Prior to his enthronement he stated that he did not have doubts about the church's policy in opposing same-sex marriages but remained "challenged as to how we respond to it". "You see gay relationships that are just stunning in the quality of the relationship", he said, adding that he had "particular friends where I recognise that and am deeply challenged by it".
Sex outside of marriage
In March 2013, Welby stated that "My understanding of sexual ethics has been that, regardless of whether it's gay or straight, sex outside marriage is wrong." He reiterated this belief again later in 2013, further noting that "To abandon the ideal simply because it’s difficult to achieve is ridiculous.”
In July 2013, Welby spoke out against the payday lending sites, and met with Errol Damelin, chief executive of Wonga. Welby pledged that the Church of England would support credit unions as society needs to "provide an alternative" to the "very, very costly forms of finance" that payday lending services represent. He noted that he did not want to make legal payday lending illegal as this would leave people with no alternative to using criminal loan sharks.
Shortly after this well-publicised intervention in the public debate, it emerged that the Church of England's pension fund had invested money in Accel Partners, a venture capital firm that had invested in Wonga. This led to accusations of hypocrisy and Welby noted that the investment was "very embarrassing" for the Church. Welby and the Church's Ethical Investment Advisory Group were unaware of their investment in Wonga.
Welby also said that the Ethical Investment Advisory Group ought to reconsider rules which allow investment in companies that make up to 25% of their income from gambling, alcohol or high-interest lending.
Welby is married to Caroline (née Eaton) and they have had six children. In 1983, their seven-month-old daughter, Johanna, died in a car crash in France. Welby later explained, "It was a very dark time for my wife Caroline and myself, but in a strange way it actually brought us closer to God." Welby established a special day for bereaved parents in Coventry Cathedral. There is now an annual service commemorating the lives of children who have died. A book with the names of lost children is on display in the cathedral and anyone who has lost a child under any circumstances can ask for their child's name to be added to the book.
He acknowledges his privileged education and upbringing, and has been praised for sending his own children to local state schools.
Welby is a French speaker and Francophile, having lived and worked in France. An announcement about his appointment as Bishop of Durham listed his hobbies as "most things French and sailing".
- Mr Justin Welby (1956–1992)
- The Revd Justin Welby (1992–2002)
- The Revd Canon Justin Welby (2002–2007)
- The Very Revd Justin Welby (2007–2011)
- The Rt Revd Justin Welby (2011–2013)
- The Rt Revd The Lord Bishop of Durham (2011–2013)
- The Most Revd Justin Welby (4–12 February 2013)
- The Most Revd (or "His Grace") The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (4–12 February 2013)
- The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby (12 February 2013 – present)
- The Most Revd and Rt Hon (or "His Grace") The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (12 February 2013 – present)
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- Orders in Council – 12 February 2013
- Orders in Council – 13 March 2013
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- Church of England calender
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- ""Whether it’s gay or straight, sex outside marriage is wrong" Archbishop Justin Welby". 17 Mar 2013.
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- "Is reconciliation with Islam possible?". DSE (Over blog)
- "Anger over Sharia law comments". In the news (article) (UK), featuring Welby's comments on the Archbishop of Canterbury's (Rowan Williams) views about Sharia law
- Daily Telegraph article about Welby being featured in Who's Who
- Religion & Ethics. BBC, featuring Welby's comments on "Reinventing the cross" as part of his ministry at Coventry Cathedral
- "Lords". They work for you. 2006‐4‐18 , House of Lords debate regarding Nigeria. Welby was part of a team researching the ethics of the situation
|Church of England titles|
|Dean of Liverpool
|Bishop of Durham
|Archbishop of Canterbury
|Order of precedence in England and Wales|
Prince Michael of Kent
as Archbishop of Canterbury
The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
as Lord Chancellor