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    Justin Welby

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    January 6, 1956 —

    You might have heard, they held the papal elections recently. 100 old men sitting in a locked room, trying to decide which one is the least fallible and gets to wear a funky hat.

    But we Jews decided not to throw OUR hat into the ring this time. You see, we already count the head of one of the world's major religions as one of our own. And he already has a funky hat.

    That man is Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Anglican Church. Good work if you can get it.

    Welby's grandfather was supposedly a German Jew, but the archbishop didn't find out about his roots until late in his life. Who knows, if the discovery was made earlier, his religious upbringing might have taken a different turn. Instead of an Anglican bishop, he might have become a rabbi or a cantor.

    But then, there wouldn't be any funky hats...

    (Editor's update, April 9, 2016: After taking a DNA test, Welby found out that his real father was indeed NOT Jewish. Hooray for funky hats!?)

    Verdict: Not a Jew.

    May 23, 2013

    See Also

    Queen Elizabeth II

    Pope John Paul II

    Jean-Marie Lustiger

    John Joseph O'Connor

    Edith Stein
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