News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
UK News

Reaction: Faith leaders praise Welby over response to father revelation

Justin Welby revealed on Friday it was "a complete surprise" to learn through DNA evidence his father was not Gavin Welby but Sir Winston Churchill's last private secretary, the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne.

He released a statement in which he said: "I know that I find who I am in Jesus Christ, not in genetics, and my identity in him never changes."

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich said: "For the Archbishop, I think, of course, it is a surprise but he is dealing with it. I talked to him quite a lot last week, he is dealing with it with his usual maturity."

Maidenhead Synagogue's Rabbi Dr Jonthan Romain told the Sunday Telegraph Justin Welby had set a "good example" for dealing with unexpected news.

He also said: "The news does not affect his personal identity in any way - he is who he has become - nor does it lessen his authority as Archbishop."

Commenting on the Archbishop's statement, Bishop Anba Angaelos, the General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom said it was: "indicative of the peace, love, forgiveness and resolve that we are not only all called to, but all endowed with if we but allow God's healing, reconciling and comforting presence in our lives".

Premier yesterday reported how Justin Welby's mother, Lady Williams of Elvel, spoke of her shock at the relevation over his biological father.

The 86-year-old added she remembered going to bed with Sir Anthony Montague Browne, "fuelled by a large amount of alcohol on both sides".

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email