Justin Welby. Justin Beiber. J.K. Rowling. J.R.R.Tolkien
I have just glanced at the Order of Service for the enthronement of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury.
In fact there were two enthronements: the first as Bishop of Canterbury; the second as the Archbishop of the Province of Canterbury (church talk) and the Primate of All England (more church talk).
If you’d like for me to explain all this on your death bed my fee will be $5000 (pro-rated for inflation) plus first class air fare.
Anyway, dear and sweet Justin Welby , (well meaning as I believe him to be) has inherited the hot seat of Anglican Christianity without so much as a campaign, a primary election, a manifesto, a vetting by lay christian leaders, a measurement of his body fat index -- or any other such scrutiny.
He will be like Justin Beiber - thrust into the spotlight of celebrity with no training, and no experience of dealing with the paparazzi, or the yellow press, or even of Fox News.
Meanwhile in Canterbury we return to Justin Welby.
WELL INDEED HE WAS ENTHRONED (twice).
This enthroning language is all a bit embarrassing for the modern Church. So his service was entitled:
THE INAUGURATION OF THE MINISTRY OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTH ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
JUSTIN PORTAL WELBY
All well and good I suppose..... BUT
Before his inauguration/enthronements there were processions of various and sundry dignitaries representing the C of E; other Christian Churches; Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and other faith traditions -- together with all manner of political, civic and academic leaders. These processions lasted for one hour!.
There was not one person in the multiple processions who represented the poor and dis-enfranchised.
But Oh My God (and I mean that) there were titles a plenty.
In the processions there were
Virgirs (using the old English spelling)
The Custos of Winchester Cathedral
The Appartitor General (I kid you not)
They are such silly titles - let us all laugh the C of E to scorn.
Oops! J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien have also created silly titles and names which are celebrated in the popular culture.
I am fairly agnostic about both!