Comments: Consultation opens on the appointment of the next Archbishop of Canterbury

So . . . should persons not members of the Church of England weigh in, given the ABC's international role, and evident ability to derail the Communion for the rest of us?

Posted by Jeremy at Friday, 30 March 2012 at 8:43pm BST

I agree with Jeremy's intimation that comments ought to be accepted from other parts of the Anglican Communion - because of the wider role of the ABC in inter-Provincial affairs. After all, the proposed Covenant Process - advocated by the Archbishop of Canterbury - is a matter that concerns us all, not just members of the church of England.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 30 March 2012 at 11:45pm BST

Dear Sir/Madam,

It was good to see your invitation to comment on the above appointment in the Times newspaper.

I feel that we should have an Archbishop who:

Is a larger than life character who will inspire people and who has the ability rise above issues such as women bishops, gay marriages and homosexual priests. While these areas may be important, they are small in the great scheme of things. They pale into insignificance compared with the care of hearts and minds throughout the Anglican Communion. Perhaps the new incumbent should concentrate on bigger issues that rather than getting bogged down by the less important matters mentioned above.

I wish you well with your search.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Pinnock

Posted by Stephen Pinnock at Saturday, 31 March 2012 at 8:19am BST

Ideally:

Godly. Intelligent. Humble. Purposeful.

Posted by badman at Saturday, 31 March 2012 at 10:36am BST

Yes; Jeremy; everyone should weigh in, since, for better or worse, the appointment affects those far beyond the Church of England.

As I understand it, it is the expectation of the process that comments and perspectives should come from all and sundry, though how far and wide they actively seek them isn't entirely clear.

Posted by Jonathan Jennings at Saturday, 31 March 2012 at 5:07pm BST

Nice characteristics for the ideal Archbishop of Canterbury, 'badman': (Godly, intelligent, humble and purposeful). However, it hasn't worked in this instance. What makes you think it might work next time?

It didn't work for Jesus, either, come to think about it. (despised, rejected).

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 1 April 2012 at 11:39am BST

I wish I could think that my contribution to the consultation would make any more difference than it will to the deliberations of group on sexuality or for that matter the selection of the next Bishop of Chichester. However I suppose that I will send something, you never know.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Sunday, 1 April 2012 at 3:34pm BST

Why not give it a go, Richard. You never know what might turn up in the clearing house at Lambeth.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 3 April 2012 at 11:54am BST
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