Religion: Dramatic Choice for Canterbury

The Anglicans get an amiable, working-class Evangelical from London's East End as their 103rd Archbishop

The Church of England nowadays draws half its new clergy from the growing Evangelical wing, but men of more liberal stripe dominate among the bishops and power brokers. Thus it was a dramatic step last week when an amiable Evangelical named George Carey, Bishop of Bath and Wells, was named to be the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury. Carey was one of two candidates that a 16- member commission proposed to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Queen Elizabeth made the formal appointment. Carey next year will become the spiritual leader of both the English flock and 70 million Anglicans and Episcopalians in...

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