According to The Sunday Telegraph Jeffrey John has been nominated for bishop of Southwark. Details from Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Religious Affairs Correspondent:
At a confidential meeting, chaired by Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has approved Dr Jeffrey John, the Dean of St Albans, to be on the shortlist to be the next Bishop of Southwark.
He is understood to be the favoured candidate.
Dr John ... was forced to stand down from becoming the Bishop of Reading in 2003 after it emerged he was in a homosexual, but celibate, relationship.
Members of the Crown Nominations Commission, the body responsible for selecting bishops, will vote this week on whether Dr John's name should now be put forward to the Prime Minister for final approval.
David Cameron has been made aware that Dr John is on the shortlist for the post and is understood to be supportive of such an appointment.
Once the preferred candidate is rubber-stamped by Mr Cameron it is passed to the Queen for final approval.
[A]t the commission's last meeting, where Dr John was put on the initial shortlist of candidates for the Southwark job, neither archbishop blocked his name.
Liberals make up a majority of the commission and he is considered by many to be the outstanding candidate after a successful period in charge of St Albans cathedral.
Thinking Anglicans the process of appointment here. They report the commission meets July 5-6.
Call us skeptical, but this doesn't sound like the Rowan who is cracking down on The Episcopal Church for consecrating a lesbian bishop. Or the ABC and ABY who are trying desperately to keep traditionalists from carrying out threats to leave over women bishops in the C of E.
Colin Coward is skeptical, too.
Update. Jonathan Wynne-Jones also has a variant of his earlier report as an op-ed.