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Fr Marcus Stock, general secretary of the Catholic bishops' conference, says that the ordinariate will need a 'principal church' where the ordinary is based (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

But they cannot: this is an idea whose time has come

Andrew Burnham at the launch of his latest book, Heaven and Earth in Little Space                                                            Photograph by James Bradley

‘What we asked for is what we got’

Former Anglican bishop Andrew Burnham talks about the car journey to Rome that inspired the world’s first ordinariate

Fr Marcus Stock, general secretary of the bishops conference, left, pictured during the bishops’ ad limina visit last year    Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk

A mother church and unique prayer books will accompany the structure set up this week

Archbishop says Catholics in England and Wales are ‘privileged’ to be part of such a unique moment in Church history

Fr Marcus Stock, general secretary of the bishops’ conference, confirms ordinariate will be formally created this week

A former Episcopalian priest kisses his wife after his ordination to the Catholic priesthood (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

As an ordinariate looks set to be established by next week, the debate about married priests reopens

Egyptian Muslims and Christians in Cairo protest against the bombing of a Coptic church in Alexandria (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali)

The Catholic Herald predicts the big stories of 2011

Three former Anglican bishops were received into full communion with the Catholic Church at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The speed of the operation is possible because of the Pope’s personal knowledge of those involved

Andrew Burnham, John Broadhurst and Keith Newton will be ordained deacons on January 13 and become priests two days later

Ceremony at Westminster Cathedral paves way for ordinariate