Surprisingly it has garnered more hits than any other single page on my blog, on which there are some 2070 entries. And comments continue to come forward. I got one yesterday from someone who signed, "A Patient Investigator."
Morales was ordained in Puerto Rico and was head of a religious order there. Bishop Alvarez of Puerto Rico saw fit to respond to the article. Bishop Alvarez wrote
"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."
Apparently he was deposed in Puerto Rico. He then shows up in Quincy, where he is taken in by Ackerman and establishes the abbey there.
He was deposed again by the Diocese of Quincy (TEC) but by that time was already in the Diocese of Quincy Southern Cone.
So he is an apparently twice deposed priest. He also seems to holds a position in the Brazilian National Church (ICAB), and is, of course, elected bishop in ACNA.
The various comments on the article indicate a wide range of feelings about Morales, everything from loyal affirmation to accusations of wrongdoing, heresy and schismatic behavior.
Has ACNA really vetted Morales? It is clear that Bishop Alvarez' warnings went unheeded in Quincy. But here are some other questions:
- What is this business of Morales being the US representative of the Brazilian National Church?
- Is he also bishop for a "breakaway catholic church in Rhode Island?
- Is Morales also bound up with the Yerba / Santarista religious movement?
- Has he, as charged by one writer, "built ...churches in Mexico and of Mexican expatriots, including a mega church in Chicago, and a daughter abbey in Columbia, loyal to him alone and with no concern for the ACNA?"
ACNA has found an odd bedfellow in Morales. He raises passions beyond what one might expect. What gives?