The incoming leader of the world's Anglicans says his application to become the Archbishop of Canterbury was "a joke" and he was "just a very, very ordinary Christian", reports AAP on Ninemsn.
Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham, told an audience at the Trent Vineyard church, near Nottingham in central England, that he thought it would be "absurd" to appoint him to the job, having only been a bishop for seven months at the time of application.
He said he had been told to apply for the post as spiritual head of the state Church of England as he was the bishop of one of the top five dioceses.
"I wrote a statement saying, well, if I was archbishop of Canterbury I'd do this, this, this and this," he said during the interview.
"The final paragraph said, I've enjoyed writing this, I hope you've enjoyed reading it but frankly it's a joke.
"Because it is self-evident that it is perfectly absurd to consider appointing someone to Canterbury who's been a bishop for seven months. I shall be praying for you to make the right choice."
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