Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham, has accepted the post of Archbishop of Canterbury, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.Read the rest here.
Sources have confirmed that the Eton-educated bishop will be announced as successor to Dr Rowan Williams as early as Friday, after the Crown Nominations Commission put his name forward to Downing Street.
It marks a meteoric rise for the former oil executive who has been a bishop for less than a year, but insiders described Welby as "the outstanding candidate".
This bodes ill for the CofE. Both historical and recent experience would suggest that appointing newly minted bishops to the top job frequently ends badly. Worse still, if my memory has not failed this man is way left in both social and theological views.