The AngloCatholic blog reports that five Church of England bishops have resigned their posts and decided to join the Catholic Church. The five bishops had been long expected to get on the Pope's boat so the announcement wasn't a surprise. The response of Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury is here.
One of them, Bishop Keith Newton, Bishop of Richborough is tipped to become the first ordinary of the English Ordinariate.
The resignation of the five Anglican bishops to join the Roman Catholic Church is the most significant since the former Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Graham Leonard upon his retirement joined the Catholic Church and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1994