A while back a little rumour swept that Anglican news world to the effect that the ABC would step down at the end of 2012 (after the next ACC meeting which, as it happens, takes place here in NZ) and take up a Cambridge college master's role. Then all went quiet. Even last week, talking to an English cleric-who-knows-++Rowan-well staying with us, the thought was that he would not go until after the Covenant was sorted. But, in fact, the rumour was correct and Magdalene College, Cambridge has announced who its next master will be.
Inevitably speculation has already mounted about who the next ABC will be. I suggest it will be one of two people. Candidate number one is a well-known English bishop with good credentials in the Communion who could readily move into the Canterbury role without having to go through a lot of "who's he?" getting to know you stuff. That is, ++John Sentamu. Candidate number two is someone we have hardly heard anything about. That is, +Dark Horse.