Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Heaven's Talent Scout: The Prime Minister, Patronage and the next Archbishop of Canterbury by Matthew Flinders

Who will succeed Rowan Williams?

The current selection process for who will succeed Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury seems to be descending into chaos with the Crown Appointments Commission locked in deadlock, the charismatic Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, apparently snubbed, other leading candidates openly admitting that they are praying that they do not get the job and increasing discussion about whether the Prime Minister might be forced to step-in to make a decision. The problem is that ecclesiastical appointments, and particularly the role of the Prime Minister, have traditionally been clouded in mystery and secrecy. You can read Matthew Flinders' PQ article here