Roman Catholic bishops will today outline the Vatican’s plans for welcoming former Anglicans into the Ordinariate next year. It is estimated that 50 Church of England clerics plan to take up the Pope’s offer. The RC Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Revd Vincent Nichols, and the RC Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Revd Peter Smith, will hold a press conference this morning at the London headquarters of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference. A spokeswoman for the RC Church in England and Wales refused to disclose any further details. But the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Revd Andrew Burnham, who, with the Bishop of Richborough, the Rt Revd Keith Newton, announced their resignations last week (News, 12 November), said that he expected the bishops to set out a timetable, and hoped that they would address the provision of buildings for groups who go over.
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