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Puerto Rico: election of Bishop is cancelled

13 December 2013

by a staff reporter


Atlantic view: a sentry box overlooks the ocean, at 'El Morro'  and the La Perla district of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Atlantic view: a sentry box overlooks the ocean, at 'El Morro'  and the La Perla district of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 

THE election of the next Bishop of Puerto Rico has been cancelled, three days before it was due to be held at the diocesan convention.

The election of a successor to Bishop David Alvarez had already been postponed after the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, sent a letter to the diocese last August, expressing concern about the process. Her letter, quoted on Puerto Rico diocese's website, asked for time to "harmonize".

The election had been postponed until 7 December; but, three days beforehand, the standing committee of the diocese issued a letter that said that they had taken the "extremely difficult decision" to cancel the election, but it was "necessary for the . . . welfare of our diocese".

A previous statement on the diocesan website said that the process of appointing a new Bishop had resulted in "differences between brethren", and referred to "mistakes and inconsistencies in the process".

The committee's letter warned against using to the media to complain: "To our brothers and sisters who have crowded the media with messages that are not characteristic of the Church, those who perhaps have sought personal gain in all this, we ask them once and for all to move on."

The former Suffragan Bishop of Connecticut, the Rt Revd Wilfrido Ramos-Orench, has been appointed as Provisional Bishop until such time as an election may be held.


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