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Anglican prelate hopes not to be next Archbishop of Canterbury

September 26, 2012

An Anglican prelate who is considered one of the leading candidates to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury has disclosed that he is praying he will not be selected. Bishop Graham James of Norwich said that the “massively demanding” job should be given to a younger man; he is 61.

The current Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, is stepping down in December. He will leave the next leader of the Anglican communion with the difficult task of reconciling elements within the Anglican body that are thoroughly at odds on issues such as homosexuality, the ordination of women, and the authority of the Bible.


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  • Posted by: garedawg - Sep. 27, 2012 1:16 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Ratzinger prayed the same thing, and he was almost 20 years older. But the more vague the job description, the greater the stress.