Hundreds of disillusioned Anglicans are expected to defect to the Roman Catholic Church in time for Lent.
It follows a campaign by Father Keith Newton to leave the Church of England in protest at its stance on the ordination of women and gay clergy.
Fr Newton has encouraged Anglicans to join the Ordinariate – a special branch of Catholicism established by the Pope – to welcome protestant defectors.
The Ordinariate is a special structure established by Pope Benedict to welcome the disillusioned Anglicans.
The efforts of the Archbishop of Canterbury have not been enough to stop hundreds of Anglo Catholics making the split that he had hoped to avoid.
In mid-January it got off the ground with the conversion of three Anglican bishops who are now bringing others on board.
The Church of England says that 1,000 of its 13,000 parishes are opposed to the ordination of women.
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