Welby Claims Most Anglicans in England View the Pope as “the Father of the Church in the West”
The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is quoted in the 4 August edition of the Roman Catholic publication, The Tablet as saying that believes that most Anglicans in England “now recognise the Pope as ‘the father of the Church in the West’.”
Archbishop Welby cited no polling data to support his speculation.
His remarks were made in an interview with the publication the day before the Lambeth Conference’s day to discuss the environment and sustainability.
The story in The Tablet said, “Speaking ahead of the Lambeth Conference’s day on the environment and sustainability, Archbishop Justin Welby said that ‘habits of separation’ had become engrained over the past five hundred years. However, he added that he believed that most Anglicans in England now recognise the Pope as “the father of the Church in the West.”
There is no official word as to whether the Archbishop is making enquiries about being received into the Roman Catholic Church through the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.