Vatican Insider: UK: The never-ending Anglican “conclave”

Below is an excerpt of a report from Vatican Insider about the ongoing meetings to select the Church of England’s new leader.

“After a long underground battle resembling that of a Renaissance-like conclave, the outcome of the meetings to select the Church of England’s new leader is only being revealed now.

Bishop Justin Welby, leader of the Diocese of Durham, is the man selected by the Crown Nominations Commission, the Church of England’s 16 member committee which has the task of choosing the current Archbishop Rowan Williams’ successor. Archbishop Williams will retire in December.


But – SIR Europe reports – the CNC would never manage to agree on the name of a second candidate to send to Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron for definitive approval, hence an official announcement has not been made yet.

Catholic weekly The Tablet has confirmed the rumour published by The Times in recent days. Bishop Welby, a former oil industry executive has allegedly secured two thirds of the Commission’s votes. The Commission is still undecided on who the second candidate should be and is split between the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, the Bishop of Norwich, Graham James, the Bishop of Coventry, Christopher Cocksworth and the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres.

According to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s press office, the name of the new archbishop whom David Cameron will need to approve should be announced in mid October, but according to The Times the Prime Minister could be forced to intervene, in order to break the Commission’s deadlock over the choice of candidate.

By Giacomo Galeazzi

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