According to the Telegraph,
"Up to five are expected to become part of the Southern Cone, which covers most of South America except Brazil, over the next six months or so.
The diocese of San Joaquin in California, which is due to take its final vote in December, is poised to leap first, while Pittsburgh, headed by Bishop Bob Duncan, will have to wait until the middle of next year.
Until now, only parishes have left the American Episcopal Church and affiliated with overseas provinces in Africa, often amid protracted and expensive legal battles over property.
But for the first time, there will be rival dioceses, each claiming to be authentically Anglican, operating in parallel within the same geographical boundaries.'Here at Preludium this has been our prediction for some time. On October 4th I wrote an article, "A Pile-Up Yes, but Almighty" in which I suggested that various reports made the Southern Cone the most likely candidate for Jonathan Petre's prediction of an invitation from a Province to take in the dissenters.
The Southern Cone, with Presiding Bishop Greg Venables at the helm, has steered a decidedly protestant evangelical route, without much internal success. The Province covers Argentina, Chile, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay. There are 6 dioceses in the Province and a breakaway group calling themselves a diocese in Brazil. There are possbily 30,000 members of the Province. Growth by taking in dissenters is not new to the Southern Cone, witness taking in Recife's deposed bishop and followers, but the move, apparently approved yesterday at the Synod in Chile, will, if successful vastly increase membership and no doubt change the politics of the Province. The introduction of one or two groups calling themselves the diocese of this or that place in the US will double the membership of the province.
The leadership of the Province, already mostly in the hands of British and American expatriates will now drift into the hands of the newbies from the North.
This will provide a way for groups leaving to reconstitute themselves as dioceses under alternative Primatial arrangements. It will not mean that, say, the Diocese of Pittsburgh of The Episcopal Church will leave, but rather that it will remain, and the people who wish will go. They will become something else, say, the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, Province of the Southern Cone. Supposedly up to five diocese in the US will begin to walk, taking as much as they can with them. The Episcopal Church will remain, and it is clear that the Presiding Bishop knows to stay the course. If all of this actually happens the Dioceses will be declared vacant and new bishops will be found or other missionary decisions will be made.
It will be a mess, but then things are a mess anyway.