As Anglo-Catholic as I may be, I don’t like this. It is ant-ecumenical. At least the bishops wives were received in the same ceremony. From Catholic News Service:

imageLONDON (CNS) — Three former Anglican bishops were received into the Catholic Church just hours after they officially gave up their ministries in the Church of England.

Bishops Andrew Burnham of Ebbsfleet, John Broadhurst of Fulham and Keith Newton of Richborough will be soon ordained as priests for a special Anglican ordinariate that will be set up in England later in January.

. . . former Anglicans [will be permitted] to retain much of the patrimony and liturgical practices, such as married priests.

Also received into the church at the Jan. 1 Mass were Judi Broadhurst, the wife of the former bishop of Fulham, and Gill Newton, the wife of the former bishop of Richborough.

Three former Anglican nuns — Sister Carolyne Joseph, Sister Wendy Renate and Sister Jane Louise — who had left the Sisters of St. Margaret to join the ordinariate, were also received into the church during the Mass, along with an unspecified number of former lay Anglicans.

. . . Most former Anglican groups will be encouraged to share church buildings with their local Catholic parishes.

CNS STORY: Three former Anglican bishops received into Catholic Church in London