Next Archbishop of Canterbury

This entry was posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The Big Two

Good times aplenty for the religiously ambitious in 2013. Not only is the Chief Rabbi set to retire, but last month it was revealed that the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will also hang up his beard at the end of 2012.

It would certainly save both the United Synagogue and the Church of England a fair whack of money to combine the two jobs, but given the unlikelihood of that happening, the next Archbish will probably be one of the following two Christian gentlemen.

The favourite on the Betfair market is the Bishop of Norwich, Graham James (3.1). After the current incumbent’s controversial reign, James would be a sign that the Church fancy a quiet few years, with a man who won’t rattle any cages.

A bolder choice would be Jordan’s fellow columnist in the Sun on Sunday, John Sentamu. Third favourite and drifting at 6.4, the man from Uganda is a confident, outspoken self-publicist. One problem Sentamu may have is his age – at 63 he is younger than the chap standing down. A second issue may be he is quite religious (i.e. his recent aggressive stance against gay marriage.) And the last thing the Church want right now is somebody religious as Archbishop.

Whilst the next Pope is declared through the rising of white smoke, the British are slightly less dramatic. The Crown Nominations Comission suggest a name to David Cameron, who then goes to the Queen for her final approval. So what are you waiting for? Get right on it!!!

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