Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Race to Canterbury: Ugandan bishop's fate hangs in balance

From All Africa-

Chances of Ugandan born Archbishop of York John Sentamu becoming the first black head of the Anglican Church seemed to fade after it emerged that the cleric had been edged out on “diplomatic grounds”.

Dr Sentamu, according to sources quoted by the Daily Mail, a UK newspaper, who had been tipped for the big job, is a popular and charismatic leader, but sources say he may lack the diplomatic skills needed for the Lambeth Palace.

A 16-man panel sitting in London to choose the next Archbishop of Canterbury was by Sunday said to have turned down the original frontrunner, Dr Sentamu, amid signs that it was deadlocked.

The secretive panel is said to be torn between two other candidates, the Bishop of Norwich Graham James and the Bishop of Durham Justin Welby, although it is still said Dr Sentamu could bounce back for the Church of England’s top post if the deadlock continues.

The Telegraph also reported that one of the country’s leading Anglican priests, Dr Giles Fraser, had attacked the “secrecy” surrounding the appointment, amid claims that the committee making the decisions had been unable to reach a decision.

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1 comment:

JCF said...

"he may lack the diplomatic skills needed for the Lambeth Palace."

An understatement if ever there were one!