The newest leader of 77 million Anglicans has an interesting background studying law and history and working as a sort of chief financial officer at a British oil company:
Bishop Welby’s experience in business and conflict resolution represents a marked departure from his predecessor’s background as a theologian and a poet.
This year, as a member of the upper House of Lords, to which Anglican bishops are routinely appointed, Bishop Welby joined a parliamentary panel scrutinizing the behavior of British banks. He is known as an opponent of corporate excess and has been critical of banks.
Speaking at a conference in Zurich, according to a financial Web site, he described banks as “exponents of anarchy” before the financial crisis in 2008 because they pursued “activity without purpose.”
The Anglican Church–known in the United States as the Episcopal Church–has an interesting set of “rules of procedure” or civil law called “canon law” but governance is entirely independent under member churches. Doctrine is debated and passed as resolutions at a Lambeth Conference, held each decade.