Archbishop of canterbury

Is the Church of England dying in the countryside?

22 August 2017 13:05

English country churches: everyone loves them, no one wants to actually pray in them. ‘People have a massive sentimental attachment to…

My memorable Christmas gift

25 December 2016 10:40

There have been lots of wonderful answers to prayer over many years, including recently. One I remember was as a…

David Cameron to the Queen: ‘the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries will attend my anti-corruption summit!’

10 May 2016 15:03

Oh dear. David Cameron’s done it again. It seems the Prime Minister can’t quite master the art of checking whether there…

Justin Welby has discovered who his genetic father really was – isn’t uncertainty better?

9 April 2016 8:57

A few things come to mind as a result of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s bombshell revelation that his father was…

It’s been six months, Nicola Sturgeon. Where are your refugees?

8 March 2016 18:28

This week Yvette Cooper was taken to task by Nick Ferrari on LBC over her refugee pledge. Although the former Labour…

Charity now begins at your second home

22 September 2015 11:51

Mitres off to the Archbishop of Canterbury for inviting ‘a family or two’ of refugees into his home. Well, not…

A new low: Charlie Hebdo's murdered staff receive an 'Islamophobe of the Year' award

10 March 2015 10:22

I have always treated the ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ event with the scorn it deserves. Not least because each year this…

At last! An Archbishop of Canterbury recognises that Islamists slaughter Christians

8 August 2014 16:01

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has just issued a statement about the slaughter of Christians in Iraq that is…

Flight MH17: the unctuous Bishop James Jones shows off on ‘Thought for the Day’

21 July 2014 18:00

Perhaps it’s my imagination, but every time the Rt Rev James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool, pops up on Thought…

The UK is a Christian country, whether the Left like it or not

22 April 2014 11:20

As the crucifixion of Damian McBride over Easter in 2009 proves, the four-day news void can be gruesome for Downing…

Blessed are the spin doctors

13 September 2013 16:08

After spilling the communion wine down his cassock in an attempt to wade into the ongoing Wonga-row, the Archbishop of…

Justin Welby, a very political Archbishop

13 July 2013 10:23

In this increasingly secular age, you would expect the Archbishop of Canterbury to be a figure of diminishing importance. But…

The Pope, Welby, and the new evangelical swagger

14 June 2013 13:27

There’s excitement in Christian circles today about the first meeting of Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby. The two men have…

Live from Golgotha

31 March 2013 18:04

A rather charming and typically self-deprecating Easter sermon from Archbishop Justin at Canterbury Cathedral; I’m beginning to like him. His…

The life of a former ABC

21 March 2013 9:43

Steerpike is back in this week’s magazine. As ever, here is your preview: ‘”A Cambridge student reports this snippet from…

Justin Welby will meet MPs and peers on Thursday to discuss women bishops. Picture: Getty

Justin Welby to face MPs and peers on women bishops row

11 December 2012 16:34

Justin Welby is certainly a bold chap: I understand the man set to take over from Rowan Williams as Archbishop…

Justin Welby’s social conscience

25 November 2012 14:32

One of the things we know about the next Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is that he doesn’t like bankers.…

From the archives: Rowan Williams on capitalism and idolatry

16 March 2012 17:29

To mark today’s news that Rowan Williams will be stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury, here’s a piece he wrote…

Where Rowan went wrong

16 March 2012 15:06

Rowan Williams will step down at the end of 2012, having been Primate of All England for a decade. It…

Sentamu’s the right man for the job

16 March 2012 13:26

A few weeks ago, in a cover piece for the magazine, Rod Liddle backed John Sentamu as the next Archbishop…

A kind man stands down

16 March 2012 11:34

So goodbye, Rowan. The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced that he will stand down at the end of the year (leaving…

Sentamu for Canterbury!

2 February 2012 14:59

John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, is our cover boy this week. It’s the Church of England Synod next week,…

The Archbishop’s Whimper

9 June 2011 13:21

When a clergyman damns a government I prefer he do so with a proper quantity of hellfire. They do it…

The coalition pins a number on its welfare reforms

10 November 2010 9:06

The coalition has few better defenders of its cause than Nick Clegg. And if you need proof, then I’d point…

The Archbishop’s attack

7 November 2010 22:37

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s intervention in the welfare debate isn’t going to change anyone views of the politics of the…