Saturday, October 16, 2010

Anglican congregation plans to convert to Catholicism

From BBC-

The Pope has created a special enclave in the Roman Catholic Church for Anglicans unhappy with their church's decision to let women become bishops. Last month the church council of St Peter's in Folkestone voted to take the first formal steps towards converting. It comes as traditionalists performed well at the CofE synod elections.

Last October, Pope Benedict made his controversial offer of a place in the Roman Catholic Church for Anglicans that would let them retain some of their practices and traditions. The BBC's religious affairs correspondent Robert Piggott said the invitation was expected to be of most interest to traditionalist clergy who were unwilling to serve under women bishops. However, the initiative at St Peter's was taken by lay people, with the intention of converting as a group, our correspondent added. Bishop converts At a conference of Forward in Faith, a group representing traditionalist Catholic Anglicans, its chairman the Bishop of Fulham John Broadhurst announced his intention to convert to Catholicism.

Bishop Broadhurst is currently the "flying bishop" charged with looking after traditionalist parishes opposed to women priests and bishops in the dioceses of London, Southwark and Rochester. The moves by St Peter's and the Bishop of Fulham come despite a stronger than expected showing by traditionalists in elections to the Church of England's General Synod. It is thought unlikely they would be allowed to take their church with them however.
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