Published: 9:50PM BST 24 Oct 2009
Bishop Hind said he would be "happy" to be reordained as a Catholic priest and said that divisions in Anglicanism could make it impossible to stay in the church. He is the most senior Anglican to admit that he is prepared to accept the offer from the Pope, who shocked the Church of England last week when he paved the way for clergy to convert to Catholicism in large numbers. In a further blow to the Archbishop of Canterbury's hopes of preventing the Anglican Communion from disintegrating, other bishops have cast doubt over its survival. The Rt Rev John Broadhurst, the Bishop of Fulham, even claimed that "the Anglican experiment is over". He said it has been shown to be powerless to cope with the crises over gays and women bishops. In one of the most significant developments since the Reformation, the Pope last week announced that a new structure would be set up to allow disaffected Anglicans to enter full communion with Rome, while maintaining parts of their Protestant heritage.
Read the rest in The Telegraph.
Bishop Hind issued a correction to the above report:
An article has been published today in the Sunday Telegraph asserting that I have announced that I am about to become a Roman Catholic.
This is not the case...
Read the rest at the web site of the Diocese of Chichester
Damien Thompson, wonders if Bishop Hind's "correction" isn't more of a cautionary, holding manouver. See his thoughts in Lambeth Palace's great fear: the loss of a diocesan bishop and his best priests" on the blog Holy Smoke.
Fr. Phillips comments on the media rush to interpret Bishop Hind's comments
The newspapers and email in-boxes were filled yesterday with the news that the Anglican Bishop of Chichester had decided to become a Catholic, and would accept the Holy Father's offer which will be outlined in the upcoming Apostolic Constitution. I had listened to the recording of Bishop Hind speaking at the Forward in Faith Assembly, and I didn't hear him say that. But then I thought, "Maybe I missed it." So I listened again. No luck the second time, either...
Read the rest at Atonement Online.