The people who left The Episcopal Church in that part of Illinois that constitutes the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy have formed their own diocese (claiming it is the real and only one) now part of the Anglican Church in North America. They up and elected someone who claims to be a bishop to be their bishop.
Alberto Morales has a odd history. According to David Virtue, Bishop-elect Morales is the Abbot and spiritual leader of St. Benedict's Abbey, an ecumenical abbey in Bartonville, Illinois. Abbot Morales founded St. Benedict's Abbey in 1985 in Puerto Rico and moved the community to Illinois in 1996 after (reportedly) suffering religious persecution in Puerto Rico.
But that was some time ago. In the recent past, (2009) he was inhibited by Bishop Buchanan from the exercise of his ministry in TEC Diocese of Quincy. At that time he was billed as The Rt. Rev. Alberto Morales. I have no idea where he holds episcopal orders but somehow Quincy (the TEC Quincy) allowed him to be addressed as The Rt. Rev. Well, it appears he is ordained in the Brazilian National Church (ICAB) and holds his title as abbot "with diocesan standing." This is what is said from the website of "St. Patrick's Catholic Church" concerning Morales.
"The apostolic heritage of the Most Reverend J. Alberto Morales, Abbot of St. Benedict Abbey Nullius (Abbey with Diocesan standing), Bartonville, Illinois. Bishop Morales is the representative of the Brazilian national Church (ICAB) within this country."
He moved his community to Illinois after "suffering religious persecution" in Puerto Rico. Just what was that persecution? Who knows. I am sure someone will tell us. Meanwhile I am betting that it has to do with Morales being less than honest with the diocese on some level.
In 1999 Abbot Morales hosted a conference at his Abby near Bartonville, a conference which produced the Bartonville Agreement signed by the usual suspects in 1999. The upshot was to attempt to unite like minded Anglo-catholic and "national" catholics in one larger tribe.
It didn't work.
Well, now he is ACNA's headache. But friends, there's a story in here somewhere, yes?