Telegraph: 1000 move over to Rome in Holy Week

22 04 2011

From the Telegraph website:

Last night a further 40 Anglicans in Sevenoaks were received into the Catholic Church, joining groups who had already converted earlier in the week in Oxford, London and Tunbridge Wells. James Bradley, formerly the assistant curate at St John’s the Baptist Anglican church in Sevenoaks, said: “I’m very excited. It has been the culmination of a lot of prayer and it is a wonderful opportunity for all of us.”

The large-scale conversion has been driven by disaffected members of the Church of England, upset by the impending introduction of women bishops and other liberal developments. The move has been encouraged by the Vatican, which has allowed the new converts to set up the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, an entirely new structure within the Roman Catholic Church.

The converts have become full members of the Catholic Church, but allowed to organise their own liturgy.

As well as ordinary parishioners, more than 60 former Anglican clergy are expected to have converted, giving up their income and, in some cases, homes to make the move. Many Anglican parishes have been left divided, with depleted congregations and no vicar.