Vatican to admit married Anglican priests case by case

Vatican City - The Vatican says it will admit married Anglican priests to the Catholic priesthood case by case.

Vatican officials recently announced changes to make it easier for Anglicans to convert, as many conservative Anglicans are disillusioned by their own church's allowing women priests and gay clergy.

The new move left some wondering whether Rome would embrace married Anglican priests in large numbers.

A Holy See statement Saturday quoted Cardinal William Levada as saying the Vatican would consider accepting married Anglican priests into the Roman Catholic priesthood as it has in the past -- evaluating each case on its own merits.

As for possibly admitting married Anglican seminarians to the Catholic priesthood, the Vatican says criteria are being developed.

Levada said "technical work" on rules should be ready soon.