Anglican breakaways in rush to the Vatican

Tess Livingstone; 27/3/10

More than 200 Traditional Anglican Church parishes from around the world have petitioned the Vatican to be received into the Catholic Church. Archbishop John Hepworth of Adelaide, primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, said petitions had been sent on behalf of 100 parishes in the US, 30 in Britain, 26 in Australia, nine in the Torres Strait, and dozens more in Canada, Latin America and Puerto Rico. And a second raft of British parishes are expected to apply. Melbourne Catholic bishop Peter Elliott, who has been appointed by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference to liaise with Anglicans interested in taking up Pope Benedict XVI’s offer of full communion, said he was pleased with the progress but that interest in the issue extended well beyond the TAC, a breakaway group, into the mainstream Anglican Church.