So can this be equated to politicians changing party? Would the Catholics, eager to get one up on the Protestants, have secretly courted the defectors?
The Anglican bishops would have made demands to ease the process of ratting on their own side. Presumably these were: “Can you please let me keep my wife and still get into heaven?”
And are there Catholics who get a bit miffed that the Protestants are welcomed with open arms when it seems ridiculous to suggest they are motivated by genuine conversion to ‘the one true faith’ rather than a simple desire to put two fingers up at Rowan Williams and Anglican liberals?