Church of England Bishops Convert to Catholicism

LONDON (AP) “” Five Church of England bishops announced Monday they are converting to Catholicism following an invitation to disaffected Anglicans from Pope Benedict XVI “” the highest-profile defectors among conservatives opposed to gay bishops and female clergy.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said Bishop of Ebbsfleet Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Richborough Keith Newton, Bishop of Fulham John Broadhurst “” as well as retired bishops Edwin Barnes and David Silk “” have decided “to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.”

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