New Archbishop of Canterbury is HTB-Positive

By Charles Moore at Telegraph.co.uk…

 

Like virtually everyone in British public life, since the destruction of the grammar schools froze social mobility, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is an Old Etonian. If people have an image of Etonians, it is usually a worldly one – the easy, well-mannered gentleman, or the smug, arrogant bastard, according to taste. Etonians are not often thought of as holy.

And it is true that the dominant tone of the school disapproves of religious enthusiasm. One day when I was a boy at Eton, I came across my housemaster in a rage. He had just discovered something terrible, he said. I assumed he had unearthed a den of smokers or a cache of pornography. Not at all. “I have found that boys are holding prayer meetings in this house,” he exclaimed, “I won’t have it!” This made me laugh a lot, not least because he was himself a clergyman.

Young Welby, who was my contemporary, is a classic example of what was bothering my dear (and, secretly, devout) housemaster. If he’d been in my house, he would have been caught praying. He stands in a strong, but never fashionable tradition of public-school Christian seriousness – an unadorned, personal faith in Jesus as the saviour, and a lifelong sense of obligation to do His work in the world…

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