The Next Archbishop?

by Richard on September 17, 2011

Not quite satisfied with his last list, David Keen presents an (almost) all-women shortlist.

I’m filing this under “posts I wish I’d thought of”. Great stuff.

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David Keen 09.17.11 at 10:05 am

I just got so much blog traffic after the last one, I thought I’d milk it for all it was worth……. ;-) Animals next…..


Methodist Preacher 09.17.11 at 11:57 am

My very last bet before seeing the light was to back the Bishop of Carlisle at 50/1. I put a quid on him at Ladbrokes when Ramsey stood down in 1974.

I thought I had a little inside information.

This time I’d put my money on Sentamu . Four of the last ten Archbishops of Canterbury were from the York stable. He’ll obviously start odds on favourite, at least evens at this early stage.

Only two in recent years have ever come from outside England (one of whom is the present incumbent).

It is probably time to have someone from outside the UK. Sentamu would be the front runner on that basis too. I think the odds will shorten considerably.

I shan’t be betting on this occasion.


Richard 09.17.11 at 10:31 pm

I’m not sure Dave intended us to take his predictions seriously (!) but if we are going to have a conversation about who the next archbishop will/should be, there’s a question that needs answering first: why on earth would anyone want the job? Rowan Williams is undoubtedly one the finest theologians in the Anglican communion. There is a gentleness and piety about him which ought to have made him a figure of great respect. Instead, he has been routinely misrepresented and villified. His refusal to speak in sound-bites has not won him any friends in the media and many in his church have acted most dis-loyally. He was never going to win, and I doubt that anyone can. There are just too many competing interests for the job to be doable. No one with any sense would volunteer.


David Keen 09.18.11 at 9:02 am

Richard: spot on. Mind you, the same could be said about most public figures in politics etc. But you would think it should be easier to lead a church than a political party…


Richard 09.18.11 at 9:22 am

It’s ironic to me that a church which claims to set so much store by it’s episcopate treats its Archbishop so badly. I don’t understand how that’s meant to work.

Have a good Sunday!


Anon 09.18.11 at 9:24 am

Isn’t the Vicar of Dibley in the running?


Richard 09.18.11 at 4:00 pm

Geraldine would have more sense.


Rachel 09.18.11 at 4:26 pm

It just shows how (……………..) women are that we are campaigning to be given a shot at such a rubbish job!! You can fill in the dots according to your enlightenment or prejudice :o)


Kim 09.18.11 at 4:52 pm

why on earth would anyone want the job?

In fact, that is precisely how the selection process should begin: anyone who wants or covets the job, any applicant or volunteer, should be ruled out ab initio. I mean we’re talking archbishop here, not CEO. On second thought …

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