A secretive group choosing the next Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the world’s 80 million Anglicans, is under pressure to break a deadlock in their talks and reach a decision, nearly a month after an announcement was expected.
Members were expected to reach a decision in September and pass two names - their first choice and a back-up - to Prime Minister David Cameron, who then seeks the approval of The Queen, the church’s supreme governor.
Andrew Carey, [a religious] commentator whose father George Carey is a former Archbishop of Canterbury, said the church was “divided like never before”.
“The faultline is same-sex marriage and both sides, liberal and conservative, seem to be extremely bad tempered,” he said.
According to Rowan Williams, who is stepping down, the next Archbishop of Canterbury will need the constitution of an ox and the hide of a rhinoceros.