Episcopal Bishop Comes Home to Rome

Daniel Herzog, The Episcopal Bishop of Albany has been received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Here’s the story.

The detail that interests me is that (if I understand correctly) he somehow transferred his suffragan Bishop’s allegiance to an African bishop before resigning and handing over to his Episcopal successor. Can anyone illuminate us on the details of this?

Welcome home Bishop Daniel! I hope and pray that your gifts of faith and love will be fully appreciated and used in the Catholic Church.

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  • DGus

    Here’s how I understand it: Suffragan Bishop Bena requested a transfer (via “letters dimissory”?) to CANA (the Convocation of Anglicans in North America–the organization founded by the Church of Nigeria), in order to serve along with Martyn Minns as a bishop for this group. I understand Bena will be ministering in CANA’s Anglican District of Virginia (of which my parish is a part) about one week per month. A liberal bishop would have denied the transfer request, but it was granted in this case by a sympathetic bishop, now himself departing for Rome, eh?The letter announcing this Roman conversion describes the converting bishop as returning to his roots (i.e., reverting?), so I assume he was originally baptized a RC, and that he will therefore be ineligible for the special dispensation allowing married Prot ministers to become Anglican priests.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05227411938775535934 Jeffrey Smith

    Hmm, the plot thickens. I can’t help but wonder if we’ll see more things like this.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Thanks for the clarification. If what you say is true, then I guess it wasn’t such a nice gift to his successor. Pretty tough having a suffragan bishop who isn’t in obedience to you!You are correct that Bishop Herzog was baptized as a Catholic. Under the normal rules of the Catholic Church his being ordained into a non-Catholic denomination would be considered as formal apostacy, and you are correct that this provides an impediment to ordination as a Catholic priest. In addition, Bishop Herzog is a married man. As I understand it, he would therefore need two dispensations in order to be considered for ordination.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09356738924839809045 Andrew

    Hello Fr. D. The story on Bishop Bena is here.

  • DGus

    I’m not sure what you mean about Bena’s transfer not being such a nice gift to Herzog’s successor, Bp. Love. Bena was scheduled to retire, and his transfer took effect on his retirement date. Love will presumably get another Suffragan appointed, as he was scheduled to do anyway. No one expects trouble between Bena in CANA and Love in his (conservative) Episcopal Diocese.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    I misunderstood. I thought Bishop Bena was somehow staying in his job as a suffragan of Albany while having his allegiance to Nigeria. I only realized later that he had retired also.