Dr John Sentamu ‘to Head Church of England’
ARCHBISHOP of York Dr John Sentamu is emerging as the favourite to become the next head of the Church of England.
He is widely seen as the best choice if current Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams steps down next year as expected.
Dr Williams, 61, is thought to favour a return to academic life after a decade holding the Church’s highest office.
He is said to be considering resigning after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June, possibly to take up a post at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied theology.
Dr Williams has faced a continual struggle as vicious rows over gay clergy and women bishops have threatened to tear the Church apart.
Many in the Church see the passionate, plain-speaking, charismatic Archbishop of York as the best candidate to reunite the opposing factions.
Ugandan-born Dr Sentamu studied law and became a High Court judge in his native country before fleeing the brutal regime of dictator Idi Amin and coming to Britain to study theology.
He has held his present post since 2005.