Archbishop of Canterbury 'not embarrassed' over new father

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 9:35 PM

Welby, in Zambia for the sixteenth meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, told The Associated Press on Sun that the news shouldn't modify his status in the church."It certainly doesn't invalidate my consecration.

Archbishop of Canterbury 'not embarrassed' over new father

Britain'south Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, says he's not embarrassed over the revelation that he was born from an extra-marital affair between his mother and one of Winston Churchill's assistants.

Welby, in Zambia for the sixteenth meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, told The Associated Press on Sun that the news shouldn't modify his status in the church.

"It certainly doesn't invalidate my consecration. We did check the rules," he said. "It doesn't create a shred of difference. People will judge me on who I'm and on what I do, not my genetic makeup."

Welby said he's "not embarrassed in any way" by the news that he was fathered by Sir Anthony Montague Browne, not by Gavin Welby who raised him. "It hasn't changed me in any way... I've the same life history I'd before, the same friends I'd before. Nothing has changed... I'm who I'm in Jesus Christ and nothing more or less than that. Nothing changes."

After hearing that genetic testing determined that he was the son of Montague Browne, the archbishop said he called his mother the following day. "My mother is someone who's extraordinarily courageous. She's one of these people who see facts in the face. She said if that's reality then we'd better deal with it. She was obviously shocked. She said that in her own statement. So we then sat down and looked at how we'd deal with it."

Welby said he's the same feelings for the man he thought was his father. "It hasn't changed my view of him ... Life with him was quite messy, frequently quite complicated, because of his alcoholism ... I was always alert of his very deep like for me and that's something you don't discard."

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