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Bettors like Welby’s chances to succeed Williams

Bettors like Welby’s chances to succeed Williams

Online bettors think the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, will likely be chosen to succeed the Most Rev. Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury.

Paddy Power has Welby at 6-4, ahead of Bishop Graham James of Norwich and Bishop Christopher Cocksworth of Coventry at 5-2.

Oddschecker runs down all of the online action here. The odds have been responsive to press coverage, so it remains to be seen how some recent speculation that Bishop Richard Chartres of London–who doesn’t support the ordination of women as priests–will be tabbed as a short-timer to give Welby an opportunity to acquire diocesan seasoning.


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John B. Chilton

Just checked the odds. Welby now better than 2/1. Others string behind. Chartes (suggested as short term placeholder until Welby has more years as bishop has also been climbing and currently at 6/1).

My assessment is that Welby is getting consideration, not for his business experience (including his cathedral turnaround). Is see two positives. (1) He has been a credible critic of inequality. (2) He knows how to organize and get things done.

It’s not that he’s going to do a financial turnaround of the C of E. It’s that he has a track record of working with people to get things done — and the C of E is failing in public esteem and in evangelism. He’s a manager in the best sense, and that’s something the C of E needs.

I know less about his preferences and what he would like to achieve.


Wot BillD Said.

JC Fisher

Bonnie Spivey

This is REALLY cynical so apologies in advance.

His best credentials for the job are probably his experience in the oil industry and his recent, supposed short-term, appointment to the Parlimentary Commission on Banking Standards. I believe they are investigating the Barclays scandal.

Bill Dilworth

I resent even having to know the possible candidate’s names. I liked the Anglican Communion much better back when it didn’t really matter much who was appointed to the See of Canterbury, because there wasn’t really much he could do to/for ECUSA. Now that, in spite of past assurances, Lambeth and the other Instruments of Unity or whatever are presented as having something other than consultative authority and some (like the Primates Meetings) seem to be itching after more and more power, that’s no longer the case. Phooey.

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