Judith from Whitstable tore into the religious leader as she said she had stopped going to church because of Justin Welby’s decision to side with Remain.
Clearly affected by the Christian woman’s rant, the head of the Church of England admitted he “might have got it wrong”.
Judith said: “I’d like to know why you interfered with the referendum vote encouraging us to vote for Remain. I'd like you to apologise.”
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Defending the Archbishop, host Nick Ferrari asked why Judith felt he should say sorry.
“He was encouraging us to vote to Remain and it was very strong," she said.
“I now won't go the church because of it because I was so appalled. He had no right.”
Replying to the fiery demand, Archbishop Welby said: “I wrote a blog about the irresponsible nature of the dialogue.
“I didn't say everyone had to vote and was a purely personal opinion as I was going to vote Remain and I'm a voter like everyone else.
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I'd like you to apologise
Judith from Whitstable
“I accept we voted leave and I will be supporting the Brexit bill in the House of Lords. But I would say it is about Jesus Christ not what an Archbishop says.”
Having none of it, Judith hit back: “The thing is that you have a position of power and people listen to you.
“Whatever your views I think you should have kept them to yourself. Whatever you say you tried to influence it.
“You had no right to express that. You should have kept neutral and you didn’t.”
Backing down following the heated rant, which even made fellow guest Cardinal Vincent Nicholls wince, Archbishop Welby said he “apologised if he got it wrong”.
He said: “I weighed it up very carefully at the time. Maybe I got it wrong, you might well be right, and If I did, I apologise.
“I felt that if I wrote something and I wasn't honest it was manipulative.”
Judith’s seething attack on the Archbishop of Canterbury came after he was criticised ahead of the last year’s referendum for claiming that leaving the European Union would harm the economy and warned against “succumbing to our worst instincts” over immigration.
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At the time, he wrote: “It is not said with the desire to tell others how to vote.
“In no sense do I have some divine hotline to the right answer. We each have to make up our own minds. But for my part, based on what I have said and on what I have experienced I shall vote to remain.
“I hope and pray that the result will be reached with the aim of a good Britain in a good Europe, whether as part of the EU or not. I pray that each person’s vote will be based on generosity, hope, confidence.
“I pray that we will then reunite with immense determination to be a gift to the world of today and to future generations.”
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