Around 30 groups are said to have registered an interest in joining the ordinariate, which could mean up to 600 Anglicans, including possibly 50 priests from a total of 8,228 in England. The bishops leave behind salaries and housing and pension provision that is more generous than that they are likely to get in the Catholic church, which may deter more clergy from leaving. Neither will they receive compensation from the Church of England, as clergy who left the church over the ordination of women did in the 1990s.
At a press conference in London, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Westminster, said he did not think the launch of an ordinariate to be an “aggressive act”.
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