Received from a well-placed source. I haven’t got a second confirmation of these names but I’m as close to 100% confident as I can be that these are the nominees to be the next Archbishop of Perth.
Edit. For clarity, there are some who have received the high honour of being nominated for this position who have yet to accept that nomination.
Here they are with a little information about each.
Theologian in Residence at All Saint’s Ainslie, Canberra. Adjunct research professor in theology at Charles Sturt University, canon theologian of the Canberra-Goulburn Diocese. Author of many books.
McFaddin Professor of Anglican Studies at Yale Divinity School and Dean and President of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Formerly Warden of Trinity College, Melbourne. Blogs at St Ronan Street Diary.
This is quite an impressive list with some real heavyweights.
…there is every likelihood that the next man (or woman) in that position will be much more favourable towards revision [on the question of same-sex blessings]
From the list above there are a number that would certainly fall into that category and you should expect the new Archbishop to be one of the following:
- Peter Catt
- Scott Cowdell
- Kay Goldsworthy
- Andrew McGowan
- Garry Weatherill
My money is on Goldsworthy. Despite the superior academic credentials of Cowdell and McGowan I think the lure of electing the first female Archbishop will be too much for the increasingly liberal Perth synod to resist.
According to the Diocese’s own rules [pdf], the Archbishop will be elected by at least seven of each the houses of the Nominations Committee of 20 persons (10 clergy, 10 lay).
We’ll keep you updated.