Depositions of Brazilian breakaway clergy announced
The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil (IEAB) has deposed five São Paulo clergy following the secession of their congregations from the province last month to revert to their pre-1975 status as overseas chaplaincies of the Church of England.
On 16 April 2013 the Presiding Bishop of the IEAB Mauricio de Andrade announced the five, including the rector of South America’s largest Anglican congregation, St. Paul’s Cathedral in São Paulo, had been deposed for abandoning the communion of the church.
However, on 6 April the clergy were license by the former primate of Brazil, Glauco Soares de Lima, and the former Bishop of São Paulo, Roger Bird, as clergy in good standing of the Anglican Communion.
Money and politics rather than doctrine appeared to be behind the secession, the Bishop of Recife, the Rt. Rev. Miguel Uchoa tells Anglican Ink. “There are no theological issues in all of this, no doctrinal subject. It seems that it is all about power and money. It is the first schismatic case I have seen here between the liberals over power,” Bishop Uchoa said.