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Archbishop of Canterbury: Vote to confirm Justin Welby

From BBC News

A thousand-year-old ceremony on Thursday will confirm Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury-elect.

The Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral will meet as part of a medieval tradition where the dean and canons of cathedrals selected bishops.

There will be only one name on the ballot sheet and the electors will be under royal command to choose him.

Bishop Welby will remain the Bishop of Durham until a legal ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral next month.
 
At the Confirmation of Election on 4 February, the Dean of Canterbury will confirm to a commission of diocesan bishops that Bishop Welby has been elected according to statute.

For centuries Canterbury Cathedral has had to fight for the right to elect the archbishop.

It was largely Henry II's dispute with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas a Becket, over control of the Church that led to Becket's murder in 1170.

In 1209 the Pope had to intervene when the cathedral elected a rival candidate to the cleric preferred by King John.

In the Reformation, cathedrals finally had their right to elect bishops enshrined in a constitution – but only if the candidate was the monarch's nominee.

So when the dean and canons of Canterbury meet on Thursday it will be to obey a royal command to make Bishop Welby archbishop-elect.

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