Thursday, 20 January 2011

Darlington church: We'll defect over women bishops

THE simmering row at the heart of the Church of England over women clergy boiled over last night as a North-East congregation announced it planned to defect to the Catholic church.

The congregation at St James the Great, in Darlington, is to hold a public meeting next month to discuss entering the Ordinariate – a special branch of the Catholic church for Anglicans who convert to Catholicism.

The meeting will be addressed by Father Keith Newton, former Anglican bishop of Richborough who, with two other ex-Church of England bishops, was ordained as a Catholic priest earlier this month and made head of the Ordinariate. Read more

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