Archbishop of Canterbury’s daughter admits she ‘can’t be bothered to pray’

Source: The Telegraph

Katharine Welby revealed that church is where she feels at her ‘worst’ during her battle with depression

Katharine Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s daughter, has revealed that church is where she feels at her “worst” and she “just can’t be bothered” to pray during her battle with depression.

Ms Welby, 26, who works for a Christian charity, admitted she “struggled” over Christmas with the story of Jesus.
In a candid entry on her blog on Monday, she wrote that she had not lost her faith but she “just didn’t feel like going to God.”

Ms Welby, 26, who moved into Lambeth Palace with her father, the Most Rev Justin Welby, in August to help her to cope with the illness, wrote: “Church (this is any church, not a particular one) is where I feel my worst.

“I cannot sit still for the length of a service without getting anxious, so often I find a reason not to go. You feel slightly foolish if you are getting up and down three or four times in the length of time a toddler can sit still, and can’t help but feel people will be questioning your attentiveness, ability to listen and how committed you really are.

Katharine Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury's daughter, has revealed that church is where she feels at her "worst" and she “just can’t be bothered” to pray during her battle with depression. Photo: GEOFF PUCH FOR THE TELEGRAPH/TWITTER

Katharine Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s daughter, has revealed that church is where she feels at her “worst” and she “just can’t be bothered” to pray during her battle with depression. Photo: GEOFF PUCH FOR THE TELEGRAPH/TWITTER

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2 replies

  1. The Church of England still has millions of followers, who look towards the Archbishop as a role model.

    It seems to me that as the religious traditions, move away from their founders and the followers have less personal experience, with effectiveness of prayers, less likely they are to submit to the institution of prayers.

    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community may be the only community, which genuinely believes in a Living God, who listens to our prayers and for many of us, prayers are not mere lip service.

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