Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Bets are on over Rowan Williams' successor

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
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.


Anonymous said...

Hey! What about +Durham?

Anonymous said...

The +ABC must be a British subject by law. I don't think you'd have been happy with Desmond Tutu.

Chazaq said...

How about Dr. Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

Anonymous said...

not that there will be much left after Rowan's endless delays in making decisions for the good of the AC, in order to keep TEC in the club despite its rejection of the rules of the club....

James said...

There is something odd in this betting. Dover and Maidstone are not diocesans but suffragans in the diocese of Canterbury. Dover is in effect the episcopal vicar of the diocese, allowing the archbishop freedom to do what he does.

BabyBlue said...

The odds don't look so good either!