The Archbishop of Canterbury to stand down!

Dr Rowan Williams, 61, is to stand down at the end of this year, after 10 years as Archbishop of Canterbury, to take up a new position as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Dr Williams was installed as 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual leader of the 77 million-strong Anglican Communion in December 2002.

It is possible that The Church of England could see its first black Archbishop of Canterbury. John Sentamu, 62, the Archbishop of York, is widely viewed as front-runner to replace Dr Williams in the post. It seems that he would be a popular choice amongst many in the Church and country but he would be 63 when he took over and that may count against him.

If Archbishop Sentamu were to be the next occupant of The Chair of St Augustine it would certainly cause a stir amongst some of the ‘uber’ nationalists who claim that the Church of England only defends a certain portion of the population.

In general here at England Watch we are of the mind that Dr Williams made his mark but hopefully it can be erased .


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