Bishop of Chichester welcomes new archbishop

Dr Martin Warner, the newly appointed Bishop of Chichester
Dr Martin Warner, the newly appointed Bishop of Chichester

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, today welcomed the announcement that the Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, is to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury.

In a statement issued shortly after 10 Downing Street confirmed the announcement today Dr Warner said: “It is good to have an end to speculation and to know that Bishop Welby has been appointed as the next Archbishop of Canterbury. He brings many gifts and a rich experience of life to this calling.”

Dr Warner acknowledged that the new Archbishop would need a strong faith to deal with the agenda facing him: “He faces a daunting task, but the priority he attaches to a spiritual life of prayer, to reflection on the Bible and dependence upon the Holy Spirit will sustain him, as will the love and support of his family and friends.

“To that support I add my own and my prayers for his future ministry.”

Bishop Warner has always had a strong attachment to the north east of England and said that it was important also to remember the people of the Diocese of Durham who have lost their Bishop after a very short space of time.

“He will be sorely missed in the diocese of Durham and it is right that now we should also hope for the swift appointment of a successor there.”