Justin Welby, the 57-year old former oil executive who quit the world of high finance in 1992 to become a priest, was enthroned March 21 as the 105th archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans.
British lawmakers voted in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex "marriage" on Feb. 5. Supporters celebrate the bill as a step towards "equality," but church leaders and conservatives warn, if implemented, the measure will bring serious social and cultural ramifications.
British lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex "marriage." Spearheaded by Prime Minister David Cameron, the bill still has to endure parliamentary debates and earn approval of the House of Lords before becoming law, but if approved, would allow same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies starting in 2015.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Welby said he is "utterly optimistic" about the future of the Church of England. He said that the question of gay marriage in his new global flock was a complicated issue "and not one to be handled today, off the cuff."
Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday that former oil executive Justin Welby, 56, a fast-rising priest with only a year's experience as a bishop, had been picked to succeed Rowan Williams as archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans.
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