Several hundred Anglican Australians are expected to convert to Roman Catholicism while keeping many of their Anglican practices next month after an invitation from Pope Benedict XVI, reports The Age.
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart said the Pope would announce the establishment of a ''personal ordinariate for former Anglicans'' in Australia on June 15, with their own bishop and churches.
Archbishop Hart, the newly elected chairman of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, said the ordinariate would be a new diocese, called the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.
Conference secretary Father Brian Lucas said last night the church expected about 500 Anglicans to convert, some from the dissident Traditional Anglican Communion, which broke away years ago after the Australian Anglican Church allowed women to be priests, and some mainstream Anglicans with a Catholic inclination.
He said he expected there would be two parishes in Melbourne, two in Sydney, one in Brisbane and one in Perth. The Pope had not yet appointed a bishop.
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