Archbishop of Canterbury

In: Ecclesiology
Author: Paul Avis1
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One way in which the comprehensiveness of the Church of England, as a church both catholic and reformed, has been both represented and secured in recent times is by alternating Evangelical and Anglo-Catholic (or ‘Catholic Anglican’, as we sometimes say now) Archbishops of Canterbury. We trust that the Crown Nominations Commission (a commission of the General Synod) has selected the candidates on their overall merits, not merely because they came from a different stable to their predecessors. But it seems not unreasonable to suggest that one of the possible ‘merits’ to be taken into consideration is their ability to balance

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