[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico rescheduled the election of the next bishop for Dec. 7, according to a Sept. 4 statement on the diocese’s website.
The statement also included the name of an additional candidate, the Rev. José Díaz of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.
On July 8, the Standing Committee issued a slate of four candidates. They are:
- The Rev. José A. Peña Muñoz, Diocese of Puerto Rico
- The Rev. Luis F. Padilla, Diocese of Puerto Rico
- The Rev. P. Rosalí Fernández-Pola, Diocese of Puerto Rico
- The Rev. Juan Carlos Restrepo, Diocese of Colombia
A petition process for submitting additional candidates closed July 15.
On Aug. 23, the Standing Committee issued a statement on the diocese’s website saying it would postpone the election based on a letter from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in which she expressed her concern over “recent events in the process” and suggested a period of time to “harmonize” and “reorient” the same process.
On Aug. 30, the Standing Committee issued a statement clarifying that the process had not been stopped or suspended and that the process had not violated the Episcopal Church’s constitution or canons. The statement also said that the Episcopal Church’s Office of Pastoral Development had been consulted through the process since it was initiated in January.
The bishop-elect will succeed the Rt. Rev. David Alvarez, who has been bishop of Puerto Rico since 1989.