While institutionalized bureaucratic committees aiming to project an "all is well" facade meet behind their locked doors in London and the new TEC public relations offensive is clearly underway (oops, better get an editor now so it looks like it's really a news organization), bets are now being accepted by Irish bookies on Rowan Williams successor as the Archbishop of Canterbury. They opened the books, though the offices of the bishops of Rochester, Dover and Maidstone denying that Rowan Williams will be resigning any time soon. It looks like those offices were contacted since bets are now being placed on those three to vie with the Archbishop of York as Williams successor.
Reportedly, the Dublin-based Paddy Power are listing the follow odds:
The Bishop of Dover, Stephen Venner at 6/1
The Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali at 9/1
The Bishop of Maidstone, Graham Cray at 7/1
The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, is the favorite at 9/4
Frankly, since we don't understand betting (but can play a mean game of Bingo) as an enjoyable past-time, we think the next Archbishop of Canterbury should come from the Commonwealth. We think Elizabeth II would be pleased. Someone is going to have to keep an eye on Charles.