It's a warning against schism. There should be only one bishop in a diocese and the faithful shouldn't hold assemblies without the knowledge of the bishop. To set up altar against altar is to go into schism. St. Ignatius was afraid that schisms would break out.
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"Who wants to be consistent? The dullard and the doctrinaire, the tedious people who carry out their principles to the bitter end of action, to the reductio ad absurdum of practice. Not I."
-Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying