Washington D.C., 02 February, 2024 / 1:40 pm (ACI Africa).
The expected ordination of an English bishop-elect has been postponed indefinitely while Church officials conduct a “canonical process.”
The Diocese of Plymouth said in a statement this week that the ordination of Plymouth Bishop-elect Christopher Whitehead “will not take place on 22 February 2024 as expected.”
“Canon Paul Cummins continues as the diocesan administrator,” the statement said. “A canonical process is currently underway, and no further comments will be made until this has been concluded.”
“Canon Christopher Whitehead has stepped back from active ministry whilst this process is ongoing,” the statement added.
No explanation for the cancellation was given. The Plymouth Diocese did not immediately respond to a query from CNA on Friday.