In February, Bishop William Morris of Toowomba, in Australia, announced that he had no intention of backing off his contention that the Catholic Church should re-open discussion about the possibility of ordaining women as priests. He would "continue to fight for what I believe is the truth," he insisted, no matter what the "temple police" might say. Just a few days later Bishop Morris felt compelled to say that he wasn't worried that the Vatican would remove him from his episcopal assignment.
Last Thursday, June 4, the Vatican released the terse notice that Pope Benedict had held a private audience with Archbishop Philip Edward Wilson of Adelaide, Australia, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, accompanied by Bishop William Martin Morris of Toowoomba, Australia.
At the age of 65, Bishop Morris is nowhere near mandatory retirement.
Make of it what you will.
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