I am about to rant about Toowoomba and the NCFishwrap.
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Bishop Morris, it is claimed by liberals, has been treated unfairly. The people have been treated unfairly. They are being oppressed. They are complaining that the bishop was removed without due process.
I don’t see these liberal Catholics protesting against the removal without process of priests because of credible accusations. They only protest when a liberal bishop is removed without process due to what can only be called credible accusations.
On the basis of that fact alone, you might cut Rome a break. They trash and shred priests, not bishops.
Think about this: it is really hard to remove a bishop.
If Rome decides that he must be removed… could it be that he… wait for it… deserved it?
If there had to be an Apostolic Visitation – and you know how Rome really benefits in the PR camp from those – could it be that there was a good reason? How could there be an Apostolic Visitation and the liberals of Australia the NCR not get the idea that there was something wrong beyond mere dislike of the guy?
Did people in Toowoomba have no idea that there was a problem there? Did no one actually read the letter the bishop sent out in which he advocated the ordination of women and the “recognition”, whatever that means, of ministry of Protestants? If they are lacking priests in Toowoomba, Protestants are going to be of help? If only we had more Lutherans helping us out! They are going to… what? Give us the sacrament of anointing? Hear out confessions? Say Mass? They left the Catholic Church because of those things .
Even the Catholics of Toowoomba, Australia, and even the Catholic bishops of Australia, and even the staff of the NCR, must know that the issue of women priests is CLOSED, and definitively CLOSÉD. Does it come as a a surprise that the Holy See might have a problem with a bishop saying that women should be ordained? What part of definitive is hard to understand, Australia? NCR?
Poor poor victimized bishop!
Anglican bishops belong in the Anglican Church.
By now in England a thousand Anglicans have recently come into the Catholic Church, some at great personal sacrifice, over the very issues that this Australian bishop was promoting. In justice to these new Anglican convert Catholics, the Australian bishop had to be dealt with by Rome. We need to support people who are ready to come to Rome, some of them with great pain and suffering together with their joy.
Look at the narrative here. Bishop Morris said his 2006 letter had been “misread and I believe deliberately misinterpreted” by a “small group (which has) found my leadership and the direction of the diocese not to their liking”.
The Vatican loathes removing bishops and will do nearly anything to avoid it. There was a five year investigation involving three important dicasteries of the Holy See (CDF, Bishops, and Divine Worship) and also the Pope. There was an Apostolic Visit by an American Archbishop.
But Bp. Morris was denied process! They misread his writings! He has been misunderstood!
Note well: At no time in the history of the Church has such a “small group” been so powerful.
A few right wing Wanderer Types and Temple Police, as the bishop called them, wrote letters to the Congregations in Rome.
Right. A small group. In your dreams. Because the Vatican doesn’t get any mail from disgruntled Catholics. Nooo. But this tiny group of extremists, Wanderer Types wrto Rome about liturgical abuses. THAT’s what did it.
I can see it now. A five year investigation involving three congregations and an archbishop sent half way around the world, costing thousands of Euros, because Mrs. McGuillicuddy found a Vatican address and wrote:
Dear Cardinal! Our bishop is really bad!…
Whose kidding whom? A small group.
That small group included Card. Pell, the Nuncio, other bishops.
It’s always a “small group” … of Wanderer Types, clinging to their Latin and their rosaries.
Lest we forget, we went through this local and wider liberal outrage against the removal of Jacques Galliot, quondam Bishop of Evreux. They got over it.
If the liberals of Toowoomba and the Fishwrap don’t want to get over this, the Anglican Church needs some members.