[Fresno Bee] 22 Oct 2008--Steps are under way to take 36 priests and 16 deacons off the books of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin over charges they abandoned the U.S. Episcopal Church. But the local breakaway Anglican diocese said the Episcopal body doesn't have the authority.
"We don't recognize their authority over us," said the Rev. Van McCalister, spokesman for the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, based in Fresno.
McCalister said Tuesday the Episcopal diocese's action doesn't affect the abilities of the priests and deacons to do their jobs because the Anglican Communion recognizes them as fully ordained.