From Damian Thompson’s blog Holy Smoke.
C of E bishop will defect to Rome
Thursday, June 26, 2008, 08:13 PM GMT [General]
At least one Church of England bishop will defect to Rome soon after the Lambeth Conference, I gather from Anglo-Catholic sources. And there could be more to follow.
I can’t tell you much more than that at the moment, because the negotiations with Rome are so sensitive – and the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, who distrust Anglican traditionalists, are quite capable of throwing a spanner in the works.
It’s shaming to have to admit that the bishops of my own Church are the chief obstacle to a significant move of Anglo-Catholic clergy and lay people into full communion with the Holy See – but that’s the way it was last time, in the early 1990s, and it’s still the case today.
Fortunately, Pope Benedict XVI is more open to experiment than Pope John Paul II. [YES! And this is a good point. He is open to new structures and ideas.] He is taking a close interest in the progress of the rebel Traditional Anglican Communion towards reunion – a process which is under the control of the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith, not the Vatican’s woolly-minded ecumenists.
I can’t betray confidences, but my advice is: look at the new church structures, such as Old Rite parishes, that the Pope is already encouraging, and ask yourself how those models might be adapted for the use of former Anglicans.
But I’ve already said too much…
What is going on here?
There is a huge conflict brewing in the Anglican Communion at the big meeting at Lambeth. More on this later, though some of you well informed readers can chime and and start fleshing out the story, players and issues.