Sir, ‘Does Bishop Welby have the right credentials for Archbishop? Vote on…’ (News, 16 November). What purpose can possibly be served by putting this fatuous question to the vote?
The Bishop of Durham is a remarkably gifted leader and Archbishop-designate. Putting his credentials to a referendum is hardly designed to foster confidence in what we are sure is going to be a distinguished ministry in this complex and demanding post. It would be better, surely, to solicit prayer for him and his family. We thought better of the Church Times than this tabloid behaviour.
Michael and Jenny Sadgrove
ResponseBe it fatuous or not, we thought the readers might like an opportunity to express a view on whether an archbishop needs to have been a diocesan bishop for a greater length of time. A significant yes vote, for example, might help to alter the criteria on which future appointments are made. Editor.