Archbishop of Canterbury accepts resignation of Anglican bishops

Rowan Williams expresses regret as five against ordination of women bishops leave church for Vatican-sponsored network.

The Guardian reports:
The Archbishop of Canterbury today accepted "with regret" the resignation of Church of England bishops who are converting to Roman Catholicism in protest over the ordination of women and joining a network that will allow them to retain some Anglican traditions.

The move involves three serving bishops, who minister to parishes opposed to female clergy, and two retired bishops. The serving bishops are the bishop of Ebbsfleet, Andrew Burnham, the bishop of Richborough, Keith Newton and the bishop of Fulham, John Broadhurst. They will be joined by the former bishop of Richborough, Edwin Barnes, and a former Australian bishop, David Silk.

All wanted more accommodation from the Anglican church for opponents of women clergy.

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