Call for next Archbishop of Wales to be a Welsh speaker
The next Archbishop of Wales should be able to speak Welsh, it has been argued.
According to Reverend Canon Enid Morgan, the person who is elected to the top job in the Church in Wales, needs to be fluent in the language.
The process for choosing the Archbishop of Wales has begun today in the town of Llandrindod Wells, just over 100 years since the first was enthroned there.
Reverend Canon Enid Morgan told BBC CymruFyw: “I don’t see how someone who isn’t a Welsh speaker can do it – without communicating directly with the Welsh speaking world.
“I would say that they have to be fluent in Welsh – but we haven’t had that recently.”
She argued that throughout the Church in Wales has been “committed to promoting a bilingual church”.
The 42 members of the Electoral College will have three days to make a decision. To be elected Archbishop a nominee must win two-thirds of the votes of the college
Usually the candidate with the fewest votes will withdraw if there is no clear winner, and then the process is repeated.
If the college fails to choose within three days the decision passes to the Bench of Bishops.
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