The head of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion says he accepts that his biological father was not who he thought he was, stating that his ultimate identity is in Christ.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby recently learned via a DNA test that he is the illegitimate son of the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne, the last private secretary of Sir. Winston Churchill.
In a statement released Friday, Welby said while he was surprised by the news he did not find his identity in his biological inheritance.
“I know that I find who I am in Jesus Christ, not in genetics, and my identity in Him never changes,” stated Welby.
“Even more importantly my role as archbishop makes me constantly aware of the real and genuine pain and suffering of many around the world, which should be the main focus of our prayers.”
Welby also talked about the battles with substance abuse that his mother, Jane Williams, and his previously assumed to be biological father, Gavin Welby, suffered from.
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