Religion: An Evangelical Ascends

The Primate of All England and spiritual leader of the 46 million Anglicans on six continents is appointed in a peculiarly secular fashion. The Prime Minister of England (in the case of Harold Wilson, a Congregationalist) submits a single name to the Queen, who as head of the church makes the ritual nomination. To be sure, the Prime Minister has received advice from church leaders, but only after the Queen's approval is the name sent, for pro forma church election, to the dean and chapter of the historic see of Canterbury.

F. Donald Coggan,...