Bet on the next Archbishop of Canterbury


Posted: April 10, 2019

Updated: April 10, 2019

  • The Archbishop of Canterbury has always been a man
  • The average time taken to find a new Archbishop is around nine months
  • Michael Nazir-Ali might be chosen to be the next Archbishop

The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England. Moreover, the Archbishop is the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. At the announcement, there is no black smoke or secret conclave, nor Holy Altar Lottery. Instead, the election is strictly governed by committees and parliamentary process. Here are the next Archbishop of Canterbury betting odds.

The current archbishop, Justin Welby is the 105th in a line which goes back more than 1400 years to Augustine of Canterbury.

The Archbishop is said to be appointed by God

John Sentamu
John Sentamu

The Crown Appointments Commission counts 13 voting members and three non-voting members. However, it is said the commission is guided by God himself. The Commission chooses two names and sends them to the Prime Minister for approval. The Queen has the final say. The average time taken to find a new Archbishop is around nine months.

The appointment of John Sentamu in 2005 was a powerful symbol of racial equality. A black man in York and a white man in Canterbury have represented equality and integration. Certainly, it helped to dispel the deep prejudices.

Many are wondering if the new Archbishop will be a woman

There is a slight chance in the air (6.50) that the new Archbishop would be female. However, the Queen herself doesn’t find the time right for such a challenge. That means, presumably, that the next Archbishop won’t be a woman (1.10). To appoint a woman to the position at this moment would present many theological, ecclesiological and ontological questions and concerns.

It seems like a Queen herself would suggest that a woman may not possess the personal spirituality, pastoral ability or teaching capacity to perform such a role. That sounds kind of weird from a country where so many female rulers have been leaders. In fact, the Anglican Church simply does not recognize that a woman could articulate the mind of the Communion.

However, the Queen’s reign has seen the first female:

  • Prime Minister
  • Speaker of the House of Commons
  • priest and bishop in the Church of England
  • diocesan bishop in the House of Lords
  • Bishop of London
  • Lord Chancellor
  • Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
  • Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade
  • Master of the Queen’s Music, and so on.

Michael Nazir-Ali might be the next Archbishop


The dual citizen of Pakistan and Britain, Nazir-Ali (6.00) has both a Christian and Muslim family background. He began identifying as a Christian at the age of 15. Eventually, he was the first Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England born abroad. Currently, he is the president of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy, and Dialogue.

According to the bishop, Christian faith has been central to the emergence of the nation of Great Britain and its development. The bishop has been a prominent spokesman for engagement between Christianity and Islam. He has a significant role in creating dialogues between Muslims and others.

How important is the archbishop’s post now

According to Nazir-Ali, the archbishop’s post is not as important as it used to be in the past. The office of pomp comes with little power. Eventually, the head of the Anglican Communion and the Church of England, the Archbishop has no power to intervene in any dispute outside Canterbury diocese.

In many cases, the Archbishop is more important abroad, where the Anglican Communion has provinces. That means 164 countries and 25 millions of active members compared with the 980,000 worshippers in England.

According to online sportsbook sites in the UK, the identity of the next Archbishop generates high interest. The next Archbishop of Canterbury betting odds on 22BET Sportsbook augur high chances for Michael Nazir-Ali.

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