Bishop Bill Morris casts a long shadow down under. Toowoomba Catholics, ticked off their bishop was ousted, have sent their missives to 1,369 Australian parishes.
(S)ome bishops, including Canberra Archbishop Mark Coleridge, have told parish priests not to distribute the letter or its request for signatures.
Of course he has. He doesn’t want the Temple Police after him. They’re as liable to turn in their grandmothers if they think it will get them in the territory of “more Catholic than the pope.”
Australia’s Catholic bishops have agreed to send parishioners’ questions to the Vatican over the early retirement of Toowoomba Bishop Bill Morris. But the 42 bishops are divided about a separate petition asking them to put particular questions to the Pope when they make their five-yearly visit to the Vatican in October(.)
They’re sending the women’s ordination question to the CDF. They’re sending the procedural questions about the removal of Bishop Morris to the Congregation of Bishops. I don’t know why.
These guys have answered these questions before. If they didn’t answer the right way about women’s ordination, they wouldn’t have gotten a whiff of a miter and crozier. And if they are inclined to question the CB directly, ditto.
What I would be interested to know (and the TP would too, I’m sure) is which bishops didn’t circular file this letter and have let their clergy and laity read it all.