The next to last complex lineage case is that of Msgr. Eduardo Sánchez Camacho, who reportedly in 1899 (at a chapel in the palace of the Duke of Aosta in Italy) consecrated Edward Donkin a bishop, from whom descend hundreds of independent bishops.

This is the fascinating story of a Roman Catholic diocesan bishop in Mexico, who in the last half of the Nineteenth Century had a falling out with his fellow Mexican bishops after he voiced support for the Mexican Revolution and publicly opposed promotion of the cult of Our Lady of Guadelupe.

To resolve the dispute among Msgr. Sánchez and the other Mexican bishops, the Vatican sent on a special mission to Mexico an Apostolic Visitor, one of its diplomats, Archbishop Nicolás Averardi. But with his arrival the situation only went from bad to worse.

Msgr. Sánchez ultmately resigned from his see in October 1896 and retired to his villa, Quinta del Olvido, near Victoria in Tamaulipas, Mexico, where he later abandonned the Roman Catholic Church and became involved in efforts to found a Mexican National Catholic Church.

The amazing story of the life of Bp Sánchez has been recounted by José Miguel Romero de Solís in "Apostasia episcopal en Tamaulipas" Historia Mexicana, 37 (1987), pp. 239-281.

Allegedly, in 1899, while on a trip to Italy, Msgr. Sánchez secretly consecrated as a bishop for this project the Rev. Edward Donkin, an American Protestant minister. In the next decade, Donkin, consecrated as bishops two British Protestant ministers, Rev. Ulric Herford and Rev. Herbert Heard. From these two, numerous men have claimed apostolic succession as bishops.



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