Uganda’s Sentamu Snubbed In Hunt For Archbishop Of Canterbury

more about geneva;”>Ugandans, Chimp Corps report, had hoped that Sentamu would break the record as the first African to take the prestigious position in the Church’s history.

Below is Daily Mail’s story in full published on September 30.

The secretive panel choosing the next Archbishop of Canterbury is rumoured to have turned down the original frontrunner, the Archbishop of York John Sentamu, amid signs that it is deadlocked.

Speculation was rife last night that the 16-strong Crown Nominations Commission was not convinced the high-profile Dr Sentamu was the best candidate, and was torn between two other candidates, the Bishop of Norwich Graham James and the Bishop of Durham Justin Welby.

Sources said Ugandan-born Dr Sentamu, who had been tipped as the Church’s first black Archbishop of Canterbury, was a popular and charismatic leader, but may lack the diplomatic skills for Lambeth Palace.


However, colleagues said he may well come back into the frame for the Church of England’s top post if the deadlock continues.

Bookmakers have Bishop Welby, 56, as a 6/4 favourite for the post ahead of Bishop James, 61, at 9/4. Dr Sentamu is 4/1.

In a further twist, rumours on Twitter suggest that another prominent candidate, the Bishop of London Richard Chartres, had told friends he had not got the job.

The Commission was expected to elect a successor to Dr Rowan Williams at a three-day meeting last week, but the lack of a clear winner has left it floundering.

One Church insider said of the two front-runners: ‘Bishop Welby is seen as too conservative and too inexperienced and Bishop James as too liberal and too dull. There is no outstanding candidate.’

One senior cleric said: ‘The whole thing has become a farce.

‘One minute it is compared to a horse race. The next no one can find a winner. We need to have a much more transparent and representative process.’

Dr Williams warned that his successor would need ‘the constitution of an ox and skin of a rhinoceros’.

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