"The Vatican has granted permission for another former Anglican clergyman, a married man, to be ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church." Mr. John Heley was CofE vicar at St Edmund's Hunstanton. Permission had also been given for two other former Anglican ministers earlier in the year.
"For the third time in two months, the Pope has given permission for a former Anglican priest to be ordained as a Catholic priest." Comment from Peter Cornwall, one of the earlier priests referred to. Comment by the author on celibacy in the priesthood.
pg 1: First Televised Ordination (Rev Gary Dowsey at St Mary's Church, Great Yarmouth) by Independent TV. pg 2: The Ordinand; Theological and Immediate Training pg 3: The Parish of Saint Mary's, Great Yarmouth; The Ceremony pg 4: The Congregation; Television Direction (Mr Peter Townley, Anglia Television) (commentary by Fr Robert Manley) (Interview with Gary Dowsey in Oscott College)
"Norwich: An event unprecedented in the 43-year history of the Diocese of East Anglia took place on Saturday 6th July in St John's Cathedral, when five men [Alfonso-Jude Belna, Michael Brookes, Simon Davies, Alan Hodgson, Paul Spellman] were ordained as priests in a single day.". The article continues...
"A record-breaking event which saw five men ordained as Catholic Priests in one day has taken place in Norwich". Article continues... Image: Bishop Hopes with the five newly ordained priests; 4 others.