A recently retired conservative Episcopal bishop from Albany, New York, has left the church to become a Catholic. Daniel W. Herzog, 65, bishop of Albany from 1998 to January 2007, was an outspoken critic of the Episcopal Church’s liberal trend, especially its 2003 election of an openly gay bishop. A suffragan, or assistant, bishop in Albany also left the diocese in March to join a missionary diocese of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. A handful of the 7,400-odd Episcopal parishes in the U.S. have left the Episcopal Church to join the Nigerian church, which is headed by conservative archbishop Peter Akinola. Episcopal presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told Herzog that she wishes him well “as you enter another room in Christ’s Church.”


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