Now that Ruth Gledhill has published a list she says is the short-list for Lambeth Palace, let’s see if we can’t come up with some good campaign slogans for the following candidates.
Candidates have been interviewed for the first time as the Crown Nominations Commission tries to find someone who can succeed Rowan Williams and bring peace to the Churchâ€™s warring parties in battles over homosexuals and women bishops, while helping the Church in its fight against â€œmilitant secularismâ€.
Among those in the running are the Bishop of Coventry, the Right Rev Christopher Cocksworth â€” the favourite â€” the Bishop of Norwich, the Right Rev Graham James, and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. Also in contention are the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Rev James Jones, and the Bishop of Durham, the Right Rev Justin Welby. Bishop Welby was recently appointed to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards to help to investigate the Libor rate-fixing scandal, a move that is thought to have increased his chances of taking the top job.
Over to you. Let’s make them good…