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The next Archbishop of Canterbury

16 November 2012


From Mr J. Longstaff

Sir, - If the BBC needs a radical overhaul, how much more does the whole of UK society, whether it be government, the corporate sector or the world of celebrities. The behaviour of too many people with power or influence has highlighted the all-too-common misuse of privileged positions or wealth.

I pray that the widespread welcome given to the new Archbishop of Canterbury will confirm his authority to lead a moral-re-armament crusade to encourage an overhaul of the hearts of many in leadership in society, not just the Anglican Church.

4A The Green, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0NF

From Mr N. L. Denton

Sir, - Like many faithful Anglicans, I welcome the appointment of the Rt Revd Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury. In all that I have read over the past few months, however, little reference seems to have been made to the most important attribute required of the next Archbishop of Canterbury or, indeed, any Christian bishop, priest, or minister: namely, the willingness to proclaim with St Peter that "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name [Jesus Christ] under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4.12).

Unless and until church leaders reiterate this simple message, the Church will inevitably continue to decline in both influence and numbers.

18 Southway, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 6QW

From Canon John Goodchild

Sir, - Once we have a new Archbishop, can we have a moratorium on debating people's genitals? Instead, we could discuss why we need an order of priests when the New Testament Church didn't have one, and how we can encourage human relationships that are loving, faithful, and stable.

39 St Michael's Road, Aigburth, Liverpool L17 7AN


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