The Archbishop of Canterbury has said his newly-appointed successor will be better at addressing the fallout from the economic crisis.
Dr Rowan Williams claimed the next leader of the Church of England, the Right Rev Justin Welby, would draw on his past as a businessman to tackle issues such as the collapse of the banks.
Speaking at a banquet to honour the outgoing Lord Mayor of the City of London, the 62-year-old also suggested the Square Mile should learn from natural disasters and the London Olympics.
"I have no doubt that my successor's background will make him a far more effective contributor to this discussion than I have ever been," he told the gathering. "I know that he will be at least as grateful as I have been for the friendship and intelligent counsel of so many in the City, especially successive Lord Mayors."
The 56-year-old Bishop Welby is a former oil executive and a member of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. The current Bishop of Durham will be enthroned as Archbishop at Canterbury Cathedral on March 21 next year, while Dr Williams will become Master of Cambridge University's Magdalene College.
During his tenure as Archbishop, Dr Williams has criticised the "broken bonds and abused trust" in a British society torn apart in recent years by riots and financial speculation. Commenting on a recent trip he made to Christchurch in New Zealand, Dr Williams spoke of the way people there had sought to make their city more humane after a devastating earthquake in February 2011.
He said: "Earthquakes happen in more than one way and the economic aftershocks of 2008 to 2009 are still making themselves felt. Have we given ourselves the chance to think, like Christchurch, about what kind of low-rise, human scale economic environment might be imaginable, built in a way that would minimise the risks if the ground shifts under us again?"
The Archbishop also called on the City to seek inspiration from the London Olympics. He spoke of the urban regeneration, environmentalism and celebration of people both gifted and vulnerable that the Olympics brought to the capital.
"We could do worse than look at this local triumph in all its dimensions and ask what we have to learn from it in thinking through how to respond to our own social and economic earthquakes," he added.
The Lord Mayor's Banquet was held at the City of London's Guildhall in honour of the immediate past Lord Mayor, Alderman David Wootton, whose one-year term in office ended last Friday. Bishop Welby's appointment to Canterbury was announced last Friday.