In an earlier post, "Alberto Morales elected by ACNA diocese of Quincy...what's going on here? I questioned the matter of Alberto Morales being elected by the ACNA diocese of Quincy and ended by saying, " But friends, there's a story in here somewhere, yes?"
Well it turns out there is. The following was posted as a comment by the Bishop of Puerto Rico, David Alvarez, concerning Alberto Morales:
He came to the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico claiming 'persecution' from the then Roman Catholic Cardinal Mons. Aponte-Martinez. I was new in the episcopate and believed his story and also saw the benefit of having a religious order in the diocese since the Order Of The Transfiguration had been years ago in P.R. He was given a property to develop, employment in one of our schools and full participation in the life of the diocese. I ordained him a deacon and priest. Also, I assigned him to my former parish of St. Hilda's.
Everything seemed well until he showed up at an ordination wearing a mitre. When I told him that he could not, his answer was that it was the custom for abbots. I told him that was with the great medieval orders and also that his order was in formation and did not have the 6 life professed members nor the canonical recognition in the Diocese of Puerto Rico. After that, he started a movement to try to divide the clergy against me. That led to the presentment of his canonical case of disobedience and violation of his ordination vows. He challenged the Standing Committee which recommended deposition. This was done and we have his full file to verify these acts. After that, he moved out of our property and established his own congregation with some former members of St. Hilda's and other congregations. After he saw he did not have the following he hoped for, he left the island for Quincy. I advised Bishop Ackerman who did not pay attention to my information about Alberto. This a dangerous, ego-centric person who is just looking towards the fulfillment of his ambitions and manipulation of others for his benefit. His sexual orientation and acts is another area of concern.I hope the new people he is with now see the reality before it is too late, as in my case."
There seems to be some reason to suppose that ACNA in its effort to draw in all the discontent and troubled, the downtrodden and persecuted will have to deal more and more with those who use the cry of persecution as a means of manipulation.
Bishop elect Morales, who claims the title "The Rt. Rev." holding orders in a backwater offshoot episcopal succession, is apparently an abbot of a small order, has been deposed by a diocese in The Episcopal Church thereby rendering him deposed for the whole of TEC (including Quincy prior to its bishop and some of its members leaving), and touts his "persecution" in the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico and in the Roman Catholic Church. Apparently he fooled Bishop Alvarez, got himself in with Bishop Ackerman who seems to have missed the clues, and now is bishop elect in ACNA.
How will ACNA's own bishops respond? It will be a matter of some interest to see what limits there are to election.