Vatican Insider: Choosing Rowan Williams’ successor

Below is an excerpt of an article in the Vatican Insider, which confirms the names of the potential successors to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams and speculates that the new leader will be announced before Christmas.

“It is now only a question of weeks, if not days, before the name of Rowan Williams’ successor is revealed. The press office of the Church of England has confirmed that the identity of its new leader will be announced before Christmas and has also confirmed the list of names newspapers have been publishing. The press has presented the list of candidates – from which the Crown Nominations Commission will have to choose two to and present to the British prime minister – as certain.

Other than the Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby – who lived in Africa for many years and supports the ordination of women bishops – other potential successor to Rowan Williams are: the Ugandan Archbishop of New York, John Sentamu, who is in favour of traditional values but not completely against women bishops and whose style is miles away from that of the English establishment and the Archbishop of London, Richard Chartres, a friend of Prince Charles’ who has lukewarm feelings about the ordination of women bishops.

Other favourites include the 52 year old Bishop of Coventry, Christopher Cocksworth, who is close to the Church of England’s evangelical sphere and the Bishop of Norwich, Graham James, who clashed with the government over same-sex marriage and welfare cuts.”

From Vatican Insider

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