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An Almighty diary clash?

24 February 2013

1:04 PM

24 February 2013

1:04 PM

Will the arrival of a new Pope clash with the enthronement of the new Archbishop of Canterbury on March 21? The mere possibility has caused real anxiety among Church officials. If Pope Benedict does not issue a Motu Proprio bringing forward the date – he is still expected to – the conclave will not begin until March 15. The nightmare scenario, then, is that the conclave ends – and the world watches as a new Pontiff emerges on the balcony of St Peter’s – on the day of Archbishop Welby’s installation. The story would push the Anglican celebration way off the global news agenda.

The cheerier news, for ecumenists at least, is that, if things turn out well, a newly ensconced Archbishop Welby might join the new Pope’s inauguration Mass on Palm Sunday.

Still, the possible collision is a real headache. Anglicans can’t expect the Vatican to pay any attention to their schedule. The Roman Catholic Church gave the world the Gregorian calender, remember – so it understandably feels somewhat proprietorial when it comes to times and dates. In 2005, Prince Charles and Camilla had to postpone their wedding to attend John Paul II’s funeral. What will Welby do if his big day is similarly overshadowed by the bigger party in Rome?

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  • Austin Barry

    “The nightmare scenario, then, is that the conclave ends – and the world watches as a new Pontiff emerges on the balcony of St Peter’s – on the day of Archbishop Welby’s installation.”

    Nightmare scenario? Hardly. That would be if Sir Jimmy Savile, made a Knight Commander of St Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II, were to be beatified.

  • the viceroy’s gin

    The story would push the Anglican celebration way off the global news agenda.

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    It would first have to be on the “global news agenda”, wouldn’t it?

  • CraigStrachan

    Fortunately for both the new Pope and the new Archbishop, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will not convene until May.

    • Jupiter

      LOL

  • Paul

    The Royal Wedding wedding clashed with John Paul’s funeral. Charles attended the latter on his own.

  • Daniel Maris

    If I was told to go away and think of the most irrelevant post for today, I’d be hard pressed to come up with something better than this….no offence of course.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004981542519 Tom Tom

      You have an excellent point, and I doubt many of us are too concerned. Chacun a son gout as they say

  • anyfool

    Clashing dates a big worry for a couple of faiths that seem to be sinking into insignificance in the western world.
    I would guess that is way down the pecking order of real worries.
    Maybe they should try electing prelates that actually believe in what they are actually rabbiting on about, it least then the sanctimony will have a bit of edge to it.
    You cannot have one true god then say other faiths like Islam should be treated as an equal.

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