Archbishop of Canterbury ‘hopes he does not have to conduct the Queen’s funeral service’
THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY has said he hopes he does not have to oversee the Queen’s funeral.
The Most Rev Justin Welby said it will be an “enormous” event and “the most extraordinary historic moment”.
In an interview with Tony Blair’s ex-spin doctor Alastair Campbell for GQ, the Archbishop was asked if he loses sleep thinking he might have to preside over the proceedings.
“I don’t lose sleep and I do hope I don’t have to do that,” he said.
Asked if he thinks about the enormousness of it, he replied: “Yes, I do. It’s enormous whoever does it – God willing someone else – because it is an enormous public event. But as a parish priest, at every funeral you think about the enormousness of it.”
He added: “I don’t want to get into details because it is not something I want to talk about, but the Queen is the most extraordinary person, one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met, in every possible way.
“When it happens it will be the most extraordinary historic moment.”
During the wide-ranging interview, which is published in the November issue of the magazine on sale on Thursday, the Archbishop was also asked if g*y s*x is sinful.
He replied: “Do you know, we have done religion, we have done politics, why am I surprised we are on to g*y s*x?”
The Archbishop added: “You know very well that is a question I can’t give a straight answer to. Sorry, badly phrased there. I should have thought that one through.”
Pressed on why, he said: “Because I don’t do blanket condemnation and I haven’t got a good answer to the question.
“I’ll be really honest about that. I know I haven’t got a good answer to the question.
“Inherently, within myself, the things that seem to me to be absolutely central are around faithfulness, stability of relationships and loving relationships.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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