Beginning of the new Exodus?
At least three serving Church of England bishops are to lead an exodus to the Roman Catholic Church in protest at women bishops.
The Bishop of Fulham, the Right Rev John Broadhurst, 68, announced at the weekend that he is to join the Ordinariate, an organisation set up by the Pope to allow Anglican laity, clergy and bishops to convert while retaining aspects of their Anglican heritage.
Dozens of Anglican laity, including an entire congregation in Kent, are preparing to go with the bishops.
The defections and the Ordinariate itself are leading to private anger among senior Anglicans over what they regard as poaching.
The usual ecumenical channels have been bypassed in setting up the Ordinariate. Instead of being led by the Council for Christian Unity, all talks have been held in secret under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly headed by the present Pope Benedict XVI.
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