Thinking Anglicans leads us to two interesting articles. George Pitcher offers an erudite picture of the challenges facing the next ABC, which concomitantly appreciates the excellent if misunderstood role ++Rowan has played as hotseat occupant amidst the strafing politics of state and church in the UK. The implicit pitch from George is for a successor with considerable deftness in thinking before speaking, which implies someone with a bit of experience of the upper stratosphere of English life. Although Pitcher doesn't discuss names, on this basis, York, London or Durham could do the job. But the question might be asked whether they would be stretching their respective competencies. Pitcher leaves room for the possibility there be someone somewhere we haven't quite spotted as having the intellectual heft required?
John Martin takes a different tack and names names and offers a variation on the Dark Horse, Welby will be winner, possibility canvassed here: Chartres of London will be appointed to do the job for a few years (he is the oldest of all being canvassed) so Welby can get more experience as a bishop.
From a long way a way I simply say in response to that direction, Nuts! Provisional episcopal solutions are often canvassed down under, but rarely followed through. The process of selecting a bishop, whether via election as here or running the gauntlet of press speculation a la England is so wearying that sensible appointees dismiss the short term solution and press to find the person who likely can do the job for a minimum of ten years. A point Martin misses is that if Chartres were appointed for a five year stint, Welby would be 61 by then. The obvious cry in 2017 would be, Is he too old? (As some are saying about ++Sentamu today). Then there is the small but important point of appointing someone to take the Communion through the next Lambeth Conference in 2018.
Let's discount appointment of a provisional ABC as nutty and press on for a "decader" in the office.