Breaking – What’s going on with the CNC?

Update : 1700 UK Saturday 29th September

I’ve spoken at length this afternoon with Arun Arora (the Church of England Director of Communications) and it’s clear that what he was trying to communicate through various parties yesterday was not a confirmation that the CNC hadn’t decided a name but rather was simply a “no comment”. If we’ve given the impression that Arun was trying to pass on a clear message that CNC hadn’t decided on a candidate then we apologise.

We’re still left with the mysterious line in the press statement of “the work of the Commission continues”. This can only be interpreted in one of two ways:

  1. As a smoke-screen to hide the fact that the CNC has picked a candidate and is now going through the legalities before announcing
  2. As an indication that the CNC has not decided and continues in that task. Such a task would involve another meeting which could either have taken place today and tomorrow or will have to be scheduled for a few weeks time. Our speculation in the video as to who the candidates might be that have brought division into the CNC is still accurate.
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  • Tom Jones

    Still black smoke I see. Have they got in place any of the devices to hurry things along like the Curia is supposed to be subjected to when they can’t produce a name for pope, like a reduction in their daily calorie intake?

    • Revd_Dave


      • Peter Ould

        On a more serious note, I heard suggestion that the 2/3 vote requirement for a candidate to be moved to the final list of two should be reduced to 50%+1 after a certain amount of time. That doesn’t work though because everybody who is in the majority but not two-thirds group will simply fillibuster until the time limit is passed. Two-thirds is a good number to imply a modicum of consensus.

        • Revd_Dave

          Have you noticed that oddschecker now has most betting offices changing to +Norwich as favourite – the liberals’ so called “compromise candidate” (ie another liberal)?

          Not following the precedent of choosing an evangelical/traditionalist next will give a very bad impression to the evangelical and traditionalist wings of the CofE, however moderate his liberalism. Not to mention how it will look to the majority of Anglicans world-wide!

          Maybe this should be raised at the forthcoming General Synod. Why was another Liberal Catholic ever in the running?

          • Tom Jones

            Perhaps Buggins’ Turn isn’t really so Christian after all. Too secularist a view of what’s fair?

            • Revd_Dave

              What right have secularists to interfere in the religions they hate?

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