Archbishop John Hepworth
Archbishop John Hepworth has resigned as the global head of the Traditional Anglican Communion, reports the Australian.
Archbishop Hepworth said "considerable dissension" among members of his breakaway church had forced him to write to all archbishops and bishops to announce he would stand down as primate on Pentecost in May.
"There has been considerable dissension in our midst in the past year," he said. "Profound doctrinal and moral differences have grown between us.
"It is my intention, provided the membership of our college is substantially clarified in the next few months, to tender my resignation as primate at Pentecost."
But a vote last week in the TAC House of Bishops called for his immediate removal from office, with two-thirds of all eligible voters asking for his immediate resignation, according to Anglican website Virtue Online.
Mr Hepworth's adviser, Cheryl Woodman, said yesterday the vote had not been sanctioned by the church and "seems to be some sort of plot by people seeking power for themselves".
Arcbishop Hepworth said his decision to resign followed the acceptance by Rome of the Anglicanorum Coetibus, a declaration by the Pope that will allow the TAC to be included as an ordinariate of the Catholic Church.
Church leader John Hepworth to quit over 'dissent' (The Australian)