Religion: York to Canterbury

Queen Victoria once advised Cosmo Gordon Lang, long before he became Archbishop of York, to marry. He answered: "If I have a curate who is unsatisfactory, I can dispose of him, but a wife is another matter." Last week Victoria's grandson named the wit to be the 97th Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of all England, effective Nov. 12. He will be the first bachelor to have held that office for 150 years. Randall Thomas Davidson, present Archbishop of Canterbury, has been married 50 years. November 12 will mark the golden...

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