Telegraph: 50 Anglican priests to quit CofE for Rome

19 11 2010

Fifty Anglican priests and up to 600 worshippers will convert to Roman Catholicism from January in the first wave of defections over moves to ordain women bishops in the Church of England.

The Pope’s new Catholic group for disaffected Anglicans – which is known as the Ordinariate – will begin operation in the new year.

The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, said he did not feel “guilty” that some Anglican parishes would be left without vicars as a result of the conversions.

He said the Catholic Church in England and Wales would provide £250,000 in start-up funding for the Ordinariate and seek to raise more money from donations and sponsors to cover its running costs.