The Catholic Culture website reports today (December 3, 2010) that the leader of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) has disclosed that over 150 clerics in his group -- including 17 bishops -- plan to enter ordinariates with the Catholic Church in 2011.
Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth -- in a message to members of the TAC -- expressed high hopes for the success of the ordinariates, although he revealed that the past year's negotiations have not always proceeded smoothly.
"There have been exquisite difficulties this year," Archbishop Hepworth conceded. "We have discovered how little detailed knowledge we have of the way the Catholic Church does things, and the Catholic officials have discovered, I believe, their need to acquire a better and more profound knowledge of contemporary Anglicanism."
A little over a year ago, Pope Benedict XVI eased the process for Anglicans to convert to Catholicism, because many thousands of disheartened Anglicans left the Anglican Church. They left it because they were opposed to its adoption of ultra-liberal and non-Christian policies, such as its acceptance of women priests, as well as gay and lesbian bishops.